Annual MLK Celebration at St. Andrews taking shape
Laurinburg, N.C. – The 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is taking shape at St. Andrews University.
The annual event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. on January 16, 2012, in Avinger Auditorium.
“This celebration, which will include music and spoken word reflections on the late civil rights leader’s impact on the world, serves as a culmination of events for the St. Andrews campus and local community,” said Rona Leach McLeod, planning committee chair. “We are honored to have The Rev. Dr. J. Gentile Everett sharing his reflections on Dr. King and The Peay Brothers sharing their musical talents with us as the featured performers.”
Everett is the senior pastor at Mill Branch Baptist Church in Fairmont. The Laurinburg native was the valedictorian of his high school class and played basketball with such skill that he turned down basketball scholarships from Division I schools. Educated at St. Andrews and North Carolina A & T State University, Everett completed his theological work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He authored “When God Speaks, I Listen” and “Salvation: The Key To Church Order.” He is currently completing a work entitled “How He Works.”
Natives of Rowland, The Peay Brothers, Majid, Taimine, Katif and Solomon, grew up blending voices. Formerly known as The Gospel Joylites, the group was formed upon the dream of their late father. The group, with continued guidance from mother Joyce, was featured on the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off,” in which they climbed to the number two spot through internationally submitted votes.
“We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful evening with the community,” said Leach McLeod. “This will be the celebration of Dr. King’s life and works as well as the end of a day of service in his honor for members of the St. Andrews community.”
Students, faculty and staff members will be spending the day working in service to non-profit organizations around the community. A brief report on how many volunteer hours were performed during the day will be included in this culminating event.
St. Andrews began a formal program of celebration in 2005. The day of service element was added in 2010 to fully acknowledge the legacy left by Dr. King.
For more information about the St. Andrews University 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, call 910-277-5337.
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.