WSSU celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 5, 2017

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of events throughout the holiday weekend.

17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Speech

WSSU and Wake Forest University will collaborate to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Speech featuring D.L. Hughley. The theme is: “On Common Ground: A Dream Deferred.”

The keynote is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at the K.R. Williams Auditorium on the campus of WSSU.

Hughley, an actor, comedian and social commentator, gained wide exposure as the star of the sitcom “The Hughleys.” Known for being astute and politically savvy in true comedian style, Hughley served as host of his own late night show on CNN. He is a regular on late night talk shows, including “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Tonight Show,” and “Conan.”

The keynote also will include musical selections from the WSSU Inspirational Voices and and the WFU Gospel Choir. The event is free and open to the public.

Eighth Annual MLK Read-In

To promote Dr. King’s message of civil rights, literacy and the importance of community service, children ages 5-11 will participate in the Eighth annual MLK Read-In.

Children will be paired with a “reading buddy” volunteer who will read to the them and will accompany them to various activities. Each child also will receive at least one new age-appropriate civil-rights themed book and a donated age-appropriate children’s book to take home.

The event is organized by WSSU, WFU, Salem College, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, HandsOn NWNC, and Girl Talk Triad Chapter. The event will be from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at WFU’s Benson Center. Parents or guardians must sign up for the event online.

African American Songs of Peace and Justice

WSSU’s Burke Singers will perform in concert with guest vocalist Jason McKinney at Home Moravian Church, 529 Church St., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15.

The free concert, part of the Music at Home Series, will feature African and African American sacred and secular music. The Burke Singers are directed by Maestra D’Walla Simmons-Burke.

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