Media Advisory: Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Each year, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University collaborate to host a major celebration to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s program is “On Common Ground: Remembering the Past to Shape the Future.”

On Jan. 22, American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte will present the Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech at 7 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the evening, Wake Forest University will host an invitation-only banquet where one student and one faculty member from both Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest will be awarded the “Building the Dream” award in recognition of their efforts toward improving social justice and building community.

For more information on the Martin Luther King Jr. joint celebration, contact the Wake Forest Office of Multicultural Affairs at 336-758-5864, or the Winston-Salem State University Office of Student Activities at 336-750-3351.

Additional activities at Wake Forest University

On Jan. 19, Wake Forest will host the 15th Annual MLK Jr. Basketball Tournament in the Reynolds Gym from noon to 8 p.m. This tournament brings together teams from a variety of North Carolina schools including: Winston-Salem State, UNC-Greensboro, NC A&T, Johnson C. Smith, North Carolina Central and UNC-Charlotte.

On Jan. 20, Wake Forest will host the 8th Annual GospelFest at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. This year the Office of Multicultural Affairs is proud to host six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist VaShawn Mitchell. Tickets are free for Wake Forest students with a valid ID and $5 for general admission.

For more information on the basketball tournament or GospelFest, contact the Wake Forest Office of Multicultural Affairs at 336-758-5864.


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