2021 MLK Celebration Speaker
Armstrong Campus – Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. | Fine Arts Theater – Reserve your seat here.
Statesboro Campus – Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. | Performing Arts Center – Pick up your tickets from the Performing Arts Center or reserve your tickets here.
**Due to COVID-19, in person seating is limited. The event from the Statesboro campus will be livestreamed from Georgia Southern University’s Facebook page.**
James is a native of Riverdale, Georgia and an alumnus of Georgia Southern University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies. He also is an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, having served as an Intelligence Analyst.
He ran for State Representative in 2016 and also served on the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia and State Vice President of the Georgia Clients Council. He also served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Francys Johnson for Congress [GA12] and has served as the legislative aide to State Representative Miriam Paris [HD142-Macon] for three years in the Georgia General Assembly.
Major is a Silver-Life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He has served as its State President of the Georgia Youth & College Division, Vice President of its Bulloch County Branch and State Chairman of the Young Adults Committee. He graduated in December 2018 as an inaugural member of the Next Gen Program, a national NAACP leadership co-hort. He currently serves as the State President of the Georgia NAACP.
Woodall is a minister of the gospel. He is currently enrolled at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) pursuing a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) through the Morehouse School of Religion. He is an Associate Minister at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia where Rev. Sammie J. Dow is the Pastor.
Rev. James Woodall is a public theologian, an activist, a student, but most importantly, a prisoner of hope. He is guided by the words of the prophet in Zechariah 9:12, “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope. Today I declare that I will restore double to you.”
And in these days of challenge and adversity, he believes in the beauty of this moment to make America a better nation.
The following are a list of previous MLK Jr. Commemoration Speakers at Georgia Southern University:
|Dr. Cornell West||2008|
|Michael Eric Dyson||2010|
|Dr. Angela Davis||2011|
|Ambassador Andrew Young||2014|
|Dr. Steve Perry||2016|
|Roland S. Martin||2019|
MLK Conversation Circles
Are you looking to learn more about MLK connected to various areas? Check out these conversation circle sessions below. To register, use the links below. All sessions are virtual!
|Mon Jan 25|
|Dr. Gemma Skuraton||Public Health||Register Here|
|Tues Jan 26 |
|Ryan Moguel||LGBT Rights||Register Here|
|Tues Jan 26|
|Paris Lawrence||Race||Register Here|
|Wed Jan 27|
|Dr. Maxine Bryant||Criminal Justice||Register Here|
|Thurs. Jan 28|
|Cami Sockow||Sustainability & Environmental Justice||Register Here|
|Fri. Jan 29|
|Dr. Urkovia Andrews||Community/Civic Engagement||Register Here|
|Fri Jan 29|
|Dr. Lisa Costello & Dr. Jane Rago||Women’s Rights||Register Here|
Community Service Opportunities
MLK’s legacy of service should inspire us to service in our community and make an impact. Check out these service opportunities available here. For more information, contact the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement.
Last updated: 1/21/2021