West Virginia University at Parkersburg and DuPont Washington Works will co-present a special program to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program, titled “A Legacy of Peace.” The event, originally scheduled for Jan. 27, will now take place Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg College Activities Center. It is free and open to the public. Keynote speaker David M. Fryson, WVU’s chief diversity officer, will discuss “The Right Kind of Peace.”
Dr. Marie Foster Gnage, WVU Parkersburg president, and Karl Boelter, DuPont plant manager, will present the 2014 Mid-Ohio Valley Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy award. The awardee will receive $100 and a bronze sculpture handcrafted by Zachary Orcutt, WVU Parkersburg assistant professor of art.
The Parkersburg Catholic High School band and choirs from Pleasants County, Van Devender and Edison middle schools will also perform as part of the program.
Fryson previously served as general counsel in WVU’s Office of Legal Affairs and has practiced law for more than 20 years in a variety of legal and advocacy settings. He has been admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the northern and southern districts of West Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the fourth circuit. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, the National Association of College and University Attorneys and is a former member of the National Bar Association and the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
In addition to his legal career, Fryson is a well-known commentator and columnist on African American politics and history and an ordained pastor. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from West Virginia State College and a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law.
Guests can enjoy refreshments immediately following the program.