Annual King Celebration Moves to February

Posted: January 13, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Zenobia Hikes, vice president of student affairs and dean of students at Spelman College, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at George Mason. The celebration, with the theme “Pathways to the Dream: From Civil Rights to Civil Action,” takes place on Thursday, Feb. 3, in Harris Theatre and includes performances by Mason’s own gospel choir, Anointed Voices of Unity, and international operatic artist and professor of music, Patricia Miller.

Hikes is a frequent speaker on Afrocentric recruitment and retention, decoding college admissions for first-generation families, and recruiting against the odds. Spelman College, founded in 1881, is the oldest historically black college for women in the United States. It is nationally ranked by both U.S. News & World Report and Money magazine, and it is Hikes’ alma mater.

The celebration will begin at 1:10 p.m. with a symbolic march from Dewberry Hall to Harris Theatre. The commemorative program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by presentation of the Spirit of King Awards. This year, there will be a student award recipient in addition to the faculty/staff recipient.

For additional information about the day’s activities, contact the Office of Diversity Programs and Services at 703-993-2700.

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