LFCC to Hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day Programs

For Immediate Release:
January 4, 2008

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

LURAY, MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in programs held at all three College locations — the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County Center. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Luray-Page County Center program will take place on Jan. 13, 2008, at 2 p.m. The Center is partnering with Page County Public Schools to sponsor the annual Martin Luther King Celebration, which will be held at the BB&T Performing Arts Center, located at the corner of Main and Broad Streets in downtown Luray. The event will feature choral performances and inspirational speakers, including LFCC student Lora Bailey who attends classes at the Luray-Page County Center. The event will also feature J. Plunky Branch, an internationally-acclaimed jazz saxophonist.

The Middletown Campus program will take place on Jan. 21, 2008, at 1 p.m. in the William H. McCoy Special Events Center, located inside the Alson H. Smith Jr. Technology Center at 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown. The program will feature guest speaker Patricia A. Lukens, a Bluemont resident and winner of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. “Walking King’s Talk” award. In addition to Lukens, two LFCC students and two local high school students will present essays that they wrote about Martin Luther King Jr., and a local choir will present a few musical numbers.

At the event, the fifth annual "Walking King’s Talk" award will be presented to Lukens in recognition of her support of the dreams and principles of human rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Lukens is affiliated with the local Coalition for Racial Unity and has been instrumental in introducing the Racial Unity Study Circle program to Clarke and Frederick counties and the city of Winchester, including several of the local middle and high schools. The study circles bring together a diverse group of individuals to examine the issues of racism and race relations in their communities. The group is guided through the program by two trained facilitators. "I enjoy watching diverse people come together and discover how much they are alike and how destructive racism can be," Lukens said. "The study circles are a wonderful vehicle for learning and creating democratic dialogue. I have watched incredible friendships form as a result of the program."

The Fauquier Campus program will take place on Jan. 21, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Loeb Student Center, located at 6480 College Street in Warrenton. The 60-member Martin Luther King Jr. choir from Mt. Zion Baptist Church will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary spirituals under the direction of Rev. Lemuel Montgomery. In addition, guest speaker retired Maj. Gen. Matthew A. Zimmerman Jr. will present an address titled "Standing for the Cause."

Zimmerman enlisted in the military in 1967, serving both in the United States and overseas. In August 1990, he became the first African-American to serve as chief of chaplains in the military. In this position, he was responsible for the management, training and assignments of more than 6,400 chaplains and chaplains’ assistants, including both active and reserve components. Throughout the years, Zimmerman has earned a number of awards and decorations within the military and the community. Two such honors include being awarded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award and being named to the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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