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Randolph Community to Celebrate Historic Inauguration Together

Inauguration viewing part of week-long celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/19/2009 2:12:20 PM


LYNCHBURG – The Randolph College community will celebrate both the inauguration of Barack Obama and the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with several events this week sponsored by the Randolph’s Multicultural Services Office and the Black Leaders Association. The events also kick off the college’s Black History Month celebration.

On Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center, Thoresen Theatre, and Main 12, the community will be able to view the Presidential Inauguration. The swearing-in of the country’s first African American president will begin at noon.

On Jan. 21, at 12:40 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel, the college will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. service. The keynote speaker will be Rev. William Coleman, pastor of Cross Roads Baptist Church in Evington, VA. Songshine will provide special music for the program.

For Hermina Hendricks, director of multicultural services at the college and community activist, the inauguration represents Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision and dream that America live out its true creed that all men are created equal and should be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.

“It’s important to celebrate and observe both of these events in order to understand our American values and to recognize how far we’ve come as a nation that was founded on the principles of freedom,” Hendricks said. “We celebrate and observe to help us remember our past, reflect on our present state as one American community, and to reinvigorate and re-energize our commitment for a better future for all Americans.”

The inauguration allows the community to come together in unity to understand social change in the making in America, Hendricks said.

“This particular inauguration represents a new day in American history in which an African American is now president and leading this country,” she added. “As Americans we need to witness this together.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. service is an annual event designed to celebrate King’s legacy and contributions to peace and equality with the broader Lynchburg community.

“The observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. is for us, as a Randolph community, a time to join in unity to understand our American past through reflection and to celebrate a man’s life who helped to bring about social change in America, thus encouraging us to continually be a catalyst for change when dealing with adversity,” Hendricks said.

More information on Black History Month events can be found on events calendar on the college’s website.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations