Hampton University will have its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony on Jan. 20. The program begins at 3:00 p.m. with a march beginning at Emancipation Oak and ending at Ogden Hall, where the ceremony will be held. The program will include prayer, musical selections by the HU University Choir and an address by the event’s keynote speaker, Suzan D. Johnson Cook, United States Ambassador At Large for International Religious Freedom.
President Barack Obama appointed Cook into her current position. She is the principal advisor to both the President of the United States and Secretary of State for Religious Freedom globally. She is the first African American and the first female to hold this position, and is the third Ambassador at Large, since the position’s creation, according to the U.S. Department of State website.
The event is being sponsored by the HU Office of Student Activities, the HU Pan-Hellenic Council and the HU Chapter of the NAACP, and is free and open to the public. For more information contact the HU Office of Student Activities at 757.727.5691.