The nation will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20. A man who dedicated his life to activism leading to the advancement of civil rights.
In Lowndes County, community organizations, schools and individuals will celebrate his legacy in a variety of ways.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Association and Valdosta State University will hold some of the largest programs in the community. The Commemoration Association will host two programs to commemorate King’s life and legacy, while VSU will be hosting seven events.
Celebrations will begin on Sunday and continue throughout the week. Below is a list of the events being held by these organizations:
VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Monday, Jan. 20
— “A Day On, Not a Day Off” Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Community service at various locations.
— Social Symposium: “Being a Minority at a
Predominantly White Institution.” Film presentation: “The Butler.” Student Union Theater, 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the 50 Years of Integration Celebration Committee and Black Student League.
— Social Symposium: “Being a Minority at a Predominantly White Institution.” Student Panel Discussion, Student Union Theater, 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the 50 Years of Integration Celebration Committee and Black Student League.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
— Dr. Fred Knowles presents “Thurgood Marshall’s Civil Rights Legacy in Indian Law.” Student Union Theater, 7 p.m. Hosted by Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Office of Social Equity.
— Dr. Tom Aiello presents “How to Drive Out Darkness: Martin Luther King’s Historical Conception of Racism.” Student Union Theater, 7 p.m. Hosted by Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Office of Social Equity.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
— MLK Commemorative March. Lineup begins at the University Center on the corner of Ann and Patterson streets at 4 p.m. Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity — Mu Omicron Chapter, VSU NAACP, and Office of Social Equity.
— Academic Symposium: “From Whence We Came.” Student Union Theater, 7 p.m. Hosted by the 50 Years of Integration Celebration Committee, African American Studies Program and Archives and Special Collections.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
— “The Three Social Evils,” Panel Discussion. University Center Theater, 7 p.m. Hosted by MLK Planning Committee.
For more information on the programs being held at VSU, contact the Office of Social Equity at (229) 333-5463. All VSU events are a collaborative effort of VSU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee, which is comprised of several offices, departments and organizations.
Sunday, Jan. 19
— Commemoration Program. St. Paul A.M.E. Church 419 Ashley Street, 3 p.m. Keynote speaker for the event will be Elder Edward D. Mack of the New Destiny Temple of Deliverance in Valdosta.
Monday, Jan. 20
— Youth Showcase. Mathis City Auditorium, 11 a.m. Keynote speakers for the event will be Valious Smith with Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, and Nasier Vazquez with Southside Church of Christ. Lunch will be served immediately following the program. Everyone is asked to bring a canned good donation to the Youth Showcase for the Soup Kitchen.
For more information on the program being held by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Association, contact Joseph “Sonny” Vickers, (229) 242-1520.