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Hampton University Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with March and Program Jan. 20
01/15/2020 - #149

HAMPTON, Va. (Jan. 15, 2020) – The Hampton University Student Government Association, in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities and the HU chapter of the NAACP, will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march and program, Monday, Jan. 20 at the campus.

“It is an honor for Hampton University to continually host a march and program for  both Dr. King’s memory, and in remembrance of his dream,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Dr. King visited our beautiful campus several times. I also remember that he, along with other African American leaders during the civil rights movement, visited my home in Alabama where my mother and father provided respite for out of town travelers. The knowledge shared at the march and program will continue to enlighten not only the university, but the entire community,” Harvey said.”

The march begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Emancipation Oak and ends at Robert C. Ogden Hall on campus. Immediately following the march is the University program honoring Dr. King in Ogden Hall at 11 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Jerome A. Barber, of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple, will offer the program’s opening prayer, and the keynote address will be given by Reverend Charity Michelle Fisher. Rev. Fisher is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree in the ACTS Preaching Program at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Reverend Fisher is employed with Portsmouth Public Schools as a tenth grade English teacher at I.C. Norcom High School. She is also a member of the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals. Over the years, Rev. Fisher has been privileged to perform for local and national gospel artists: Kim Burrell, Ricky Dillard, Peggy Britt, Patrick Riddick, D’vyne Worship and many others. In 2016, she released her very own gospel single entitled, “Glory & Honor.”

Rev. Fisher is the founder and host of a weekly devotional ministry entitled “Fresh Start,” which airs via social media every Monday morning. These inspirational videos have impacted lives all over the world. She has a heart to provide inspiration and hope to those she encounters. Rev. Fisher lives by her own God inspired motto, “Yesterday is not your today and your today is not your tomorrow; God has given you a Fresh Start!”

The march and program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Hampton University Office of Student Activities at (757) 727-5691.

About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Dr. King made several visits to Hampton University’s campus, including in 1956 to deliver his talk, “The Montgomery Story,” in the Memorial Chapel. His mother Alberta Williams King graduated from Hampton University in 1924. Dr. King is one of the individuals recognized with a sculpted figure in Hampton University’s ‘Legacy Park.’


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