USF plans vigil, march to honor Martin Luther King
By MICHAEL PATRICK WELCH
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 12, 2001
The University of South Florida is hosting a number of events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
It all begins with "2001 Lights for Freedom," a candlelight vigil, followed by a march toward USF's Special Events Center for the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation with the Rev. Bernice King.
King, youngest child of the slain civil rights leader, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Following the lecture, King will be on hand for a book signing of her own Hard Questions, Heart Answers, a collection of sermons and speeches.
"This is the first time we've had one of the children of Martin Luther King Jr. on campus," said Sam Wright, founder and chairman of Tampa Black Heritage Foundation.
King came to public notice at age 5, when she was pictured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that showed her in her mother's lap during the funeral for her father.
She holds a master's degree in divinity and a doctorate of law from Emory University.
"We want the Tampa and USF community to look at this day to reflect on the legacy of Dr. King and his accomplishments. We encourage everyone to celebrate his remarkable life. The challenge is for individuals to take this," said Tracy Dace, chair of the USF planning committee.
If you go
WHAT: MLK celebration at USF
WHEN: Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m.
WHERE: A candlelight vigil will be held in MLK Plaza. The group will then march to USF's Special Events Center for a lecture by the Rev. Bernice King.
CALL: (813) 974-5400
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