MLK BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION TO BE HELD IN CHERRY THEATER

Performance Free and Open to the Public Tuesday, Jan. 15

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Jan. 7, 2012) - - - Columbia State Community College is set to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on his actual date of birth with a celebration kicking off in the Cherry Theater at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The keynote address will be delivered by the Rev. Trent Ogilvie, pastor of Bethel Chapel AME Church in Columbia.

In the spirit of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Ogilvie’s address will challenge participants to “Dare to Dream: Changing Your Mind to start a Movement.”

The evening includes musical selections from Emily Gaskill, assistant professor of music at the college, in addition to a special recital from Praise dancers and a saxophone tribute to King from Cord Martin, band director at Whitthorne Middle School.

The public is invited to share in this joy-filled evening, marking what would have been King’s 84th birthday. The Cherry Theater is in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia campus.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.

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