TTU hosts Martin Luther King Jr. memorial event

Posted by Lori Shull - Wednesday, January 11 2012
lshull@tntech.edu

 

thumb MLKMartin Luther King Jr.’s legacy will be remembered and commemorated at Tennessee Tech University on Monday, Jan. 16.

The civil rights activist and his dream will be the subject of a talk, “We Drink from Wells,” by Berlinda Williams-Strong at 1 p.m. in Derryberry Auditorium. Williams-Strong is human resources training manager at the University of Memphis.

“It’s very important to have something in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King on the actual holiday because that’s the day we recognize and celebrate him,” said Robert Owens, director of minority affairs at TTU. “This will be a great opportunity for those in town who want to participate in something that celebrates his death and his life.”

The event, which is sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs and TTU’s Commission on the Status of Blacks, is free and open to the public.

In her talk, Williams-Strong will discuss how King found his purpose in life as a reaction to what was going on around him and how he worked to plan for a civil future for the world. She will challenge those in the audience to think about the legacies they will leave behind.

To keep King’s legacy in people’s minds as Black History Month approaches, members of TTU’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter will hold their annual commemorative silent march at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The students and others will walk from the base of the Walton House driveway to Derryberry Hall along Dixie Avenue.

For more Black History Month events on campus, check www.tntech.edu.

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