Luther King Jr. Celebrations to be Held Jan. 17, 18 and 25
15, 1999 -- The University's second annual celebration
of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday will be held Jan. 25 at
8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.
alumna Rev. Brenda Brown-Grooms, storyteller and pastor of the First
Baptist Church in Natural Bridge, will give the keynote address
on "Vision and (Re)Visioning at the Crossroads of the Millennium."
event, free and open to the public, is being held a week after the
nationally recognized holiday since U.Va.'s semester doesn't begin
until Jan. 20.
local community's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, partly sponsored
by U.Va., features the Hon. Marion Barry Jr., former mayor of Washington,
D.C., speaking Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Charlottesville Performing
Arts Center. Donations at the event will be accepted for the Youth
the Dream: Strength to Love," an interfaith worship service,
will be held Jan. 18, from noon-12:30 p.m. in the Hospital Chapel,
first floor east.
earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Foreign Affairs with
a concentration in Soviet Politics from U.Va. in 1977 and became
an ordained minister in 1991. Originally from Charlottesville and
hailing from a family of storytellers, she is also a performance
artist and portrayed Sally Hemings during last year's Virginia Festival
of the Book.
Jan. 25, 1999 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will feature performances
by Chihamba the Youth Alive Center Children's Choir and U.Va.'s
African Drum and Dance Ensemble.
700 people attended last year's celebration, and plans are under
way for the year 2000. Anyone interested in serving on the MLK 2000
planning committee or participating in the event should contact
program coordinator Kyra D. Gaunt, assistant professor of ethnomusicology,
at 924-3052 or email@example.com.
1999 program is sponsored by the Music and History departments,
the Women's Studies program, and the offices of Equal Opportunity
Programs, African American Affairs and the Vice President of Student