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MLK Commemoration

Flyer for 2019 MLK Celebration Speaker, Roland S. Martin with photo of him. Four-time NAACP Image Award Winner.

We are pleased to announce Mr. Roland Martin as our 2019 MLK Celebration Speaker. The event is Wednesday, January 30 at Noon on the Armstrong campus in the Student Union Ballroom, and on the Statesboro campus at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world.

In September 2018, Roland Martin launched his daily digital show, #RolandMartinUnfiltered, which is a general news show focused on news and events of the day, and he travels across the country reporting from remote locations.

He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

He has contributed to several others, including Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism by Julianne Malveaux; Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama by Sophia Nelson; Faivish Pewzner New York and Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan Thomas and Nick Chiles.

He has been named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Parade
Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 MLK Commemoration Theme. This is a picture of the theme design. Theme: MLK's Legacy: Our History, Our Hope, Our Legacy. The design features hands in the air holding signs, and megaphones.

MLK 2019 Theme

Georgia Southern University will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Downtown Savannah. Transportation will be provided from the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses for participants while spaces are available. If you would like to participate in the parade please fill out this Google Sign Up form by Thursday, January 17.

If you would like to drive yourself and meet us at the starting location, please arrive no later than 8:45 am at East Broad Street Elementary School (400 E. Broad Street, Savannah, GA 31415). IMPORTANT: The parade route ends near West Broad Street YMCA (1110 May Street Savannah, GA), which is 1.6 miles, or a 33-minute walk, away from the starting location. Please plan accordingly if you are driving yourself as we WILL NOT be providing transportation back to the starting location at East Broad Elementary School.

The parade route map is available online at

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

Please check back for more information.

Previous Speakers

The following are a list of previous MLK Jr. Commemoration Speakers at Georgia Southern University:

Speaker Year
Myrlie Evers-Williams 2006
Bernice King 2007
Dr. Cornell West 2008
Tavis Smiley 2009
Michael Eric Dyson 2010
Dr. Angela Davis 2011
Dick Gregory 2012
Soledad O’Brien 2013
Ambassador Andrew Young 2014
Michele Norris 2015
Dr. Steve Perry 2016
Nikki Giovanni 2017
Bakari Sellers 2018


Last updated: 1/4/2019