Bernice King to render keynote address at CSU

(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- The youngest daughter of slain Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be the guest speaker at Columbus State University this Friday.

Bernice King, an active minister with a master's degree in divinity and a member of the State Bar of Georgia with a juris doctorate from Emory University will speak during the school's inaugural Legacy Celebration.

The event is designed to honor students who are making a difference in the community by promoting diversity.  "Previous celebrations have focused on people in the community, but this time we wanted to expand the focus to include students," said Darryl Holloman, Vice President of Student Affairs.

"We are celebrating the legacies of our students and the precedence they are setting for others to follow," added Dynasty Battest, Program Coordinator and Student Development Specialist at CSU.

King's speech "will highlight the importance of cultural diversity in today's society and provide insight to our future leaders to raise their standards," remarked Battest.

The celebration starts at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2011 at CSU's Recreation Center across from the Lumpkin Center on campus.

Tickets are $20.00 per person and $10.00 for CSU students. You can call 706-568-2273 for seating information.