MLK Day Celebration at CBU

Otis L. Sanford to Present “Setting the Record Straight, 40 Years Later”

Christian Brothers University (CBU) will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting guest speaker, Otis L. Sanford, on Thursday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium on the CBU campus.

Sanford, Editor of Opinion and Editorials for the Commercial Appeal, will address the audience with “Setting the Record Straight, 40 Years Later.” Sanford’s presentation will focus on the Commercial Appeal’s coverage of the 1968 sanitation workers strike here in Memphis.

In addition to his position as editor, Sanford directs the Commercial Appeal editorial board and writes a weekly Sunday Viewpoint column. Sanford is a journalism graduate of the University of Mississippi and previously worked at newspapers in Jackson, MS, Pittsburgh, PA and Detroit, MI. At the Commercial Appeal, Sanford has been a reporter, assistant metro editor, deputy managing editor and managing editor.

The program will also feature a performance by CBU’s Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir and the CBU Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest winner’s recitation of his or her award winning speech in memory of Dr. King.

Prior to the celebration, the Oratorical Contest winner will be chosen on Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m., in Spain Auditorium. Twelve 5th and 6th graders from Holy Names and De Lasalle Elementary School will give a speech on the topic of: “Are We Our Brother’s Keeper?” Students will be judged on creativity, content and how well the speech reflects the chosen theme. Each student will receive an award with special recognition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

These events are free and open to the public.

For more information about these events, contact Karen Conway-Barnett at or (901) 321-3536. ###

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