Syracuse, NY – The eldest son of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. will be the guest speaker at Syracuse University’s upcoming MLK celebration, the university announced today.
Martin Luther King III, civil rights activist, global humanitarian and political leader, will speak at the 37th annual celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. This year’s event will take place virtually at 7 p.m. on January 30. Registration for the event is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory.
“This annual event at Syracuse University is the largest of its kind on a college campus,” university officials said in a news release. “The program is intended to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and is intended to be a direct expression of Syracuse University’s commitment to advancing academic excellence in a university that is welcoming to all.”
This year’s theme is: “We are part of the dream”.
“As the eldest son of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador for his parents’ legacy of nonviolent social change,” officials said. responsible.
King III, 64, graduated from his father’s alma mater, Morehouse College. Like his father, King “promoted peace, led protests and lobbied for effective legislation through innovative strategies and inspiring actions to drive institutional, political and social movements,” League officials said. .
King III is an elected member of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Georgia; elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and President and CEO of the Atlanta-based King Center.
“As founder and president of Realizing the Dream Inc., King took his father’s message to a global audience, leading nonviolence training in Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Israel and Palestine, in Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States,” League officials wrote.
King also co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated television network featuring programming for African Americans.
“We are delighted to welcome Martin Luther King III as a guest speaker,” said Reverend Brian Konkol, Dean of Hendricks Chapel. “As we seek to honor the life and legacy of a leader who brought hope and healing to our world, the opportunity to present Martin Luther King III is an exciting and historic opportunity, and his presence and participation will have surely a lasting and powerful impact for our university community.
This year’s MLK celebration at SU will include King’s speech, as well as performances from the campus community and the presentation of this year’s Unsung Hero Awards.
For more information about the event, please contact Hendricks Chapel at [email protected] or call (315) 443-2901.