MLK Day Celebration at CBU

Ann Sullivan to Present “Civil Rights Icon: Fighting for Change”

Christian Brothers University (CBU) will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with three special events including the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest on January 9; the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration with guest speaker, Ann Sullivan, on January 10; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (with Rhodes College) on January 12.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration with guest speaker, Ann Sullivan, will be held Thursday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium on the CBU campus. Sullivan, will address the audience on the topic of “Civil Rights Icon: Fighting for Change.” The program will also feature special musical selections by the “Peace Makers” from the Memphis Police Department 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.

Sullivan, who grew up in a segregated community in the 50’s, became aware of segregation and got a glimpse of the injustice and inequality among the African American race during her high school years. At that time, she vowed to take an active role in Civil Rights by participating in sit-ins, marches and voters’ registration drives.  Since then, she has been committed to ensuring equality for all human beings.

For over 23 years, Sullivan has worked as an administrator, both in the private and public sectors. In addition, she is active in the Memphis community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Porter/Leath Children’s Center, the Cooper Young Business Development and Sully Corporation. Sullivan is also a volunteer with Facing History and Ourselves, where she serves as a resource person for individuals who teach on a variety of discriminations.

Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sullivan believes that “everybody is equal,” and that the only way people are going to live in harmony is to recognize that we are more alike than we are different.

The Oratorical Contest, featuring 5th and 6th graders from various Jubilee Schools, will take place Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium on the CBU campus. Students will be judged on creativity, content and how well the speech reflects their chosen theme. Each student will receive an award with special recognition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is being held with Rhodes College and will take place on Saturday, January 12 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Bryan Campus Life Center on the Rhodes campus. The event will begin with opening remarks from Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Conway-Barnett at kconway@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3536.

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