Falcons honored the life of Dr. King

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In honor and observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Saint Augustine’s University held or participated in events to commemorate the life and legacy of social activist Dr. King.

On January 15, which was Dr. King’s birthday, the University hosted an observance day of celebration. Administrators, members of the Board of Trustees, alumni, student, faculty and staff gathered in Emery Gymnasium to listen to guest speaker Reverend Johnathan C. Augustine, pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, La. Rev. Augustine gave a heartfelt message by detailing throughout his message that one cannot receive his or her “Glory” until he or she has written his or her story.

Zsanequia McCullough, a sophomore majoring in biology from Goldsboro, N.C. expressed how much she enjoyed Rev. Augustine speech.

“I thought his message was very powerful,” McCullough said. “He expressed the importance of learning today and how that is the key to our future. He also emphasized how we should always follow our dreams even when we face tough times.”

Later that evening, Rev. Augustine held a book reading and signing of his book titled “The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law, Religion & the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” for the Falcon community.

On January 18, Saint Augustine’s University Presidential Scholars had breakfast with civil rights activist and sister-in-law of Dr. King, Mrs. Naomi King. Mrs. King shared intimate stories about her life in the King family and encouraged students to be forces of change.

On January 19 in honor of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the University commemorated Dr. King’s legacy by partnering with the United Way of the Greater Triangle by conducting a book Drive to collect new or gently used books to promote early literacy. Also, Head Football Coach Michael Morand and the football team were among hundreds of individuals who marched in downtown Raleigh for the Martin Luther King Jr. 40 Days of Peace March.

To view photos from the events, click here.

Campus Events


Sunday, May 8: Baccalaureate Program; 6 p.m.; Saint Augustine's Chapel


Friday, May 13: Stone of Hope Gala; 7 p.m.; Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC; $100 per person


Saturday, May 14: Commencement; 9 a.m.; University Quadrangle