Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: January 15, 2013
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will close Jan. 21 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, but will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader with a remembrance program on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Open to the public, the event is sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs and will begin at 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Student Union mall with a wreath laying in King's memory.
"As we live his dream daily, we will never forget the sacrifice he gave so that we can all be equally American," said Kris Johnson, president of Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.
Shortly after the laying of the wreath, a special program will begin in the Student Union Theatre, with the Reverend Jonathan C. Augustine serving as guest speaker.
"Rev. Augustine is a bi-vocational minister and social justice advocate," said Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Summers. "He blends the sacred and secular in human empowerment through education advocacy, published scholarship, and preaching the social gospel."
Augustine is the senior pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Hammond. He is Louisiana's director of development and legal affairs for Charter Schools USA, and is an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. He previously served in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal as executive counsel of Louisiana Workforce Commission and in elected office as vice president of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
For additional information, contact Southeastern's Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, 985-549-3850.