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Martin Luther King III to Speak During Annual Scholarship Luncheon
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Martin Luther King III to Speak During Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Martin Luther King III, the eldest son and oldest living child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King is the keynote speaker for Fort Valley State University’s 24th Annual Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon.

Carrying the torch lit by both of his parents into the 21st century, the human rights advocate and community activist will deliver words of wisdom and empowerment to Middle Georgia’s brightest students, newsmakers and influencers on Monday, Feb. 21 at noon in the Health and Physical Education Complex at FVSU.

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the BHMSL has become the university’s single largest scholarship fundraiser for presidential scholars.
The banquet’s theme is “Dollars for Scholars: Giving the Gift of Education to Deserving Students”.

Last year, proceeds from the high-profile event hosted by U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop and State Representative Calvin Smyre, helped to provide nearly 200 scholarships to FVSU students.

“We’ve set a minimum goal of $200,000,” said Leitra Young Maxwell, director of the FVSU Foundation, Inc. “With the university’s huge enrollment increase we hope to exceed last year’s numbers.

We’re excited about our special guest speaker and we invite the entire Middle Georgia community to come out and celebrate Black History Month with us at Fort Valley State University.”

During the event, a “Living Legacy Award” will be presented to several FVSU alums, according to Maxwell. FVSU supporters will be honored for their contributions to higher education. Each honoree will receive an engraved plaque with their name permanently displayed on campus.

The BHMSL has generated more than $1.5 million in scholarships. There are several levels of giving. Donors may contribute at the Bronze ($250 - 499), Silver ($500 - $999), Gold ($1,000 - $4999), Platinum ($5,000 - $7,499), Diamond ($7,500 - $9,999) or Corporate ($10,000 or above) levels; or by purchasing tickets to the event. Individual tickets are $50.

King will also be the keynote speaker during the John W. Davison Lecture Series. The JWDLS takes place at 5 p.m., Feb. 21, in the C.W. Pettigrew Center auditorium. Please contact the FVSU Development Office at (478) 825-6959, for more details.

All scholarship donations are tax-deductible. For more information, contact the FVSU Foundation Office at (478) 825-6474.

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