Richmond Mayor Douglas L. Wilder
Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker
Randolph-Macon College will remember and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. during a tribute celebration on what would have been his 79th birthday. The
January 15, 2008 program will begin at Noon in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center
for the Performing Arts. The honorable L. Douglas Wilder, Mayor of Richmond and
the first elected African-American governor in United States history, will be our
keynote speaker. He will discuss Dr. King’s contribution in the past, the challenges
of today, and the promise of tomorrow.
In addition, a special recognition will be given to fellow civil rights leader Wyatt
Tee Walker who was a close friend of Dr. King. Dr. Walker marched along with Dr.
King during the Civil Rights movement and served as his executive assistant. He
was later appointed to become the first full-time executive director of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) from 1960 to 1964. He was once described
by Dr. King as ‘‘one of the keenest minds of the nonviolent revolution.’’
Dr. Walker is a pastor/theologian and is known internationally as a human rights
activist. He has traveled to 97 countries and met with such notables as Nelson Mandela
and the late former Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. Dr. Walker is planning to attend
this celebration and will be honored during the program.
The celebration will conclude with a moving rendition of Dr. King’s famous “I have
a dream” speech by R-MC student, Waddell Howard `09. Howard has traveled the country
delivering this powerful speech, including a presentation at the Lincoln Memorial
in Washington, DC.
For more information about this and other events at R-MC, please contact Anne
Marie Lauranzon at 804-752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.