Auburn University to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with tribute, integration commemoration events

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The “Honoring the Past, Charting the Future” luncheon and community forum, a scholarship breakfast, lectures, films, student performances and community service projects are all part of Auburn University’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. to be held Jan. 20-24.

The week will begin with a scholarship breakfast, which will feature Isaiah Hugley, Columbus, Ga., city manager, as the keynote speaker on Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. To purchase tickets for the event, call (334) 844-5042. The breakfast is sponsored by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators of East Alabama, the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and Access and Community Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Monday’s events also will include the community-wide day of service, “A Day On and Not a Day Off.” Pre-registration is required. To register for the project, call (334) 844-5042.

As part of Auburn’s yearlong celebration of 50 years of integration, the “Honoring the Past, Charting the Future” Commemoration and Recognition Luncheon and Forum will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Honored guests will include some of Auburn’s first African-American students: Harold Franklin, Samuel Pettijohn, Willie Wyatt Jr. and Anthony Lee. A free, public forum beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the hotel auditorium will feature retired federal judge U.W. Clemon, civil rights attorney Fred Gray, Franklin, Pettijohn, Wyatt and Lee and will be moderated by William Leftwich, principal with LS Strategic Group.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Dwayne Cox, head of Special Collections and Archives for Auburn University Libraries, will speak as part of the Commemoration Lecture Series. His talk, titled “Segregation, Desegregation and the Vestiges of Segregation at Auburn University,” will be held at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., a Voices of Freedom Interfaith Service will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center auditorium and will feature various local gospel choirs.

The film “Imitation of Life” will be shown as part of the Auburn University Multicultural Center’s Watch and Learn Series on Friday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Student Center, room 1330.

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Paulette Dilworth, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, (334) 844-5042 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing (334) 844-9999 (