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: Fueling the Flame of Equality.”

On Jan. 20, civil and human rights leader and immediate past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Benjamin Todd Jealous will present the Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the evening, Winston-Salem State 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 336-750-3350.

Additional activities at Wake Forest University

On Jan. 18, Wake Forest will host the 2014 MLK Day of Service Read-In in the Benson University Center from 9 a.m. to Noon. The event is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and is cosponsored with the Wake Forest Office of Service and Social Action, Winston-Salem State University and Hands-On Northwest NC. The Read-In promotes Dr. King’s legacy of service, literacy, and community empowerment to children ages 4-10.

On Jan. 19, Wake Forest will host the 9th Annual GospelFest at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. This year the Office of Multicultural Affairs is proud to host Gospel recording artist Ernest Pugh with special guest Charles Clark and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir. Tickets are free for Wake Forest students with a valid ID and $5 for general admission.

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



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