Salem College will celebrate the amazing life and ongoing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through several events in the coming week.
Members of the Salem community will join Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines, local ministers and other members of the local community January 16 for the annual Chronicle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Dr. Susan Pauly, President of Salem College, will speak at the event, along with Salem professor Sharee Fowler and Salem student government association president, Love’ Lemon. All three will share words of inspiration and encouragement during this annual event celebrating the life and legacy of the iconic civil rights leader.
The event is open to the public, and reservations are encouraged. Reserve a seat by calling Pauline Lewis at the Winston-Salem Chronicle, 722-8624 ext 100, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 7 a.m.
Salem will also mark the occasion with several events for students. On January 14, a group of students will travel to Durham to view the "RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibit at the Museum of Life and Science. On January 21, Salem students will join students from other local colleges to participate in a day of service, volunteering in the community in honor of Dr. King. In addition, from January 13-January 16, there will be an "I Have a Dream" wall in the refectory, where students can share their thoughts on the meaning of the holiday and help raise awareness about issues of race in our nation.
In addition to the prayer breakfast and on-campus activities, there will be a variety of events in Winston-Salem honoring Dr. King:
The North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
Sunday, January 15, 7 p.m., Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem
This event celebrates Dr. King’s legacy through performances by local and regional talent. Admission is free to the public with a donation of three non-perishable food items. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Fest
Sunday, January 22, 3 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem
This annual concert features gospel artist Kierra Sheard along with the Wake Forest gospel choir.
Admission is $5 and free for children ages 12 and younger.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with Keynote Speaker Soledad O’Brien
Monday, January 23, 7 p.m., Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem
Emmy-winning CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien will deliver the keynote address at this annual celebration.
Admission is free and open to the public.