King celebration coming to Northern Granville Middle School on Monday

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:26 PM


On Monday, at 5 p.m., the Oxford-Granville Martin Luther King Celebration Committee will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Northern Granville Middle School auditorium in Oxford. The theme will be “Revitalizing the Dream.” This event is free to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., a native of Oxford,

A civil rights leader, author, educator and global business leader, Chavis is the president of Education Online Services Corporation, a provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America; the national director of Occupy the Dream; and president, CEO and co-founder (with Russell Simmons) of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, a coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives.

Chavis earned a master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University. He began his career in 1963, as a statewide youth coordinator for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was the national director and organizer for the Million Man March.

He has authored books and other writings, including: “Report of Fact Finding Mission of African American Church and Community Leaders to the Republic of Angola,” and “Pastoral Letter on Contemporary Racism and the Role of the Church.”

Other participants in this celebration will include:, Detroit Yancey, Karen Evans, LaWanda Lee Anderson, Pastor Terry L. Taylor, Judge Quon Bridges, Minister Juanita Williams McDonald, Tevin Vass, Minister Constance Jenkins, Pastor Kenneth Hester, Minister Latonia Oakley, New Harmony and Good Shepherd Choir, Gabriela Burwell, Jospeh Toto, Yancey Otero, Jacob Ragland, Rufus Terry, Antonio Jones, Pastor Renita Timberlake, The Loving Sisters, Kimberly Tarry, Laprecious Terry, Nitiandra Boyd, Sequoyah Jones and Tahaira Johnson.

This event is being sponsored by Larry Downey, chairperson; Eddie McCoy, co-chairperson; Walter Thorpe, treasurer; and Pastor Renita P. Timberlake.