LFCC to Hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day Programs

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2009

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 the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and co-sponsored by 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. 11, 2009, 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 Word-Beat, which, according to the group’s biographical sketch (http://www.word-beat.com/), “combines the artistry of singer/actor Charles Williams and global-jazz percussionist Tom Teasley in programs featuring the inspirational texts of such authors as Langston Hughes and Nelson Mandela, as well as African folk songs.”

The Middletown Campus program will take place on Jan. 19, 2009, at noon and 7 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 at noon will feature guest speaker Sadie Nelson, one of the winners of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. “Walking King’s Talk” award. In addition, two LFCC students and two local high school students will present essays that they wrote about Martin Luther King Jr., and select singers will present a few musical numbers.

At the event, the fifth annual “Walking King’s Talk” award will be presented to Henry Moss Brooks and Nelson in recognition of their support of the dreams and principles of human rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Brooks, a Winchester resident, is currently chair and chief executive officer of Orrick Cemetery Company Inc. Among his many contributions to the community is his work with African-American veterans. After serving in the U.S. Army, Brooks returned to Winchester and worked on behalf of African-American veterans to increase their benefits and improve their lives.

Nelson, a Winchester resident, is currently an administrative assistant to the principal of Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School. Previously, she was a special education teacher at Robert E. Aylor Middle School for 25 years. Throughout her career, Nelson has served as a mentor to her students and youth that she comes in contact with. In addition, she seeks ways to educate others about diversity and multi-cultural issues.

The program at 7 p.m. will feature inspirational music, reflection and the viewing of the film “Legacy of a Dream.”

The Fauquier Campus program will take place on Jan. 19, 2009, 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, Sandra Foddrell will speak on this year’s theme, “America’s beacon burns bright through the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope,” and Rev. James Bridgett of St. Paul Baptist Church in Front Royal, Va., will read excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Foddrell has served as a lifetime educator in Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties, holding such positions as teacher, supervisor, recruiter and appointed member of the State of Virginia Gifted Advisory Committee. She is the wife of Rev. Moyer Foddrell Jr. and mother of three adult children. Foddrell was one of five black students who integrated Charles Town Junior High School in West Virginia in 1959. During her college years, she participated in sit-ins and marches in support of the Civil Rights Movement.

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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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