Valdosta State University will hold a commemorative program honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday in Whitehead Auditorium. The event is open to the public free of charge, and a reception will be held immediately following the program.

Chief Annetta W. Nunn, the first African-American female to head the Birmingham, Ala., police force will be the guest speaker. A Birmingham native and honor graduate of the University of Alabama, Nunn joined the Birmingham Police Department in 1980.

During her time of service, she has been assigned to various divisions including detention, patrol, detective bureau and administration. Nunn received training in several areas and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1997. On March 24, 2000, she was promoted to deputy chief and commanded the Field Operations Bureau.

She was the first African-American woman to hold this rank in the department. On Feb. 11, 2003, she was appointed police chief and assumed office on March 7, 2003.

Nunn is married to Robert Nunn Sr. They have two sons, Robert Jr. and Stephen.

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