January 7, 2009
WVU Parkersburg, DuPont to celebrate life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Jan. 15th program.
CONTACT: Debbie Richards, special assistant to the president for policy and social justice, 304-424-8201.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated in words and song Thursday, Jan. 15, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
The 6:30 p.m. program will be held in the college’s multi-purpose room and is WVU Parkersburg’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as King's birthday date.
Keynote speaker will be Ivin B. Lee, executive director of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission. The Charleston-based quartet Angels N Harmony will provide featured musical performances.
The program, “One Dream, One World, One Community,” is co-sponsored by WVU Parkersburg and DuPont Washington Works. A presentation of awards to college, high school and elementary contest winners will be included in the jointly-sponsored program with a reception to follow.
Ivin B. Lee became executive director of the WVHRC in 1999. Prior to this appointment, she served as the deputy director of Corrections for the WV Division of Juvenile Services. In 1995 Ms. Lee was the first female to be named police chief for the City of Dunbar. WV, and the first African American female to lead a city police department in the state of West Virginia. She was a member of the Charleston Police Department for 21 years prior to assuming the leadership role as chief of police. She has received numerous awards and gubernatorial appointments, including appointment to serve on the Supreme Court's Task Force to Study Perceived Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System.
Angels N Harmony began singing together in 2007 every Wednesday evening in the kitchen of Saint Paul AME Church in Charleston as they prepared and served food to others. Their gift of music rapidly became a requested "entree" on the menu. In April, 2008, they decided it was time to come out of the kitchen. That is when they became "Angels N Harmony" and began performing at area churches and events.
WVU Parkersburg will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day.