Paine College will Serve as Host Site for Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/23/2014 08:51 AM

Paine College Past-President, William H. Harris, will Give Keynote Address 

Each year, Augusta Technical College, Georgia Regents University and Paine College come together to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through this celebration, the institutions encourage the community to reflect upon the teachings of Dr. King and his work for peace and equal rights for all people throughout the world.

Paine College will host the event on the campus in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 16th at 12 noon.  President Emeritus of Alabama State University, Dr. William H. Harris, will give the keynote address.  Dr. Harris, a graduate of Paine College, also served as the eleventh president of Paine from 1982 to 1988.

Dr. Harris has an impressive career in higher education and served as President of Texas Southern University and led Fort Valley State University as its Interim President. He is the author of two books: Keeping the Faith: A. Philip Randolph, Milton P. Webster, and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, published in 1977 and reissued in 1991 by the University of Illinois Press; and The Harder We Run: Black Workers Since the Civil War, published in 1982 by Oxford University Press. 

During this occasion, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, will recognize the achievements and legacy of Reverend Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr. who served as president of Paine College from 1975-1982 and during 1988-1994.  Dr. Scott is well known for his unwavering dedication to education. He left a legacy of extraordinary service, scholarship, integrity and faith that impacted the institutions and communities in which he served.

The combined choirs from the participating host institutions will perform.

Paine College has a historical tradition of open access and a commitment to social justice. Through this joint celebration, the institutions encourage the community to embrace a climate that is open and accepting of differences.  This event is open to the public.

 

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu, Vflowers-hinton@paine.edu.