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Civil Rights Activist Hosts Program at LRU

Fri Jan 10 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne University will honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10am.  The program, which will be held in the PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne will feature native South Carolinian and veteran Civil Rights activist, James L. Felder.

Felder is a native of Sumter, S.C. and long-time resident of Columbia. In his lifetime he has experienced many transformational moments in the nation’s history.  During his military tour of duty, from 1962-64, he was selected and received the Army Commendation Medal to head the casket team that bored the body of the late President John F. Kennedy.  He would go on to spend his early adult years in Washington, D.C., graduating with a law degree from Howard University before returning home to his native state to work on issues of Civil Rights.

In 1970, he was one of three black men elected to the South Carolina Legislature, the first to do so since Reconstruction.   Just three years later he became the first black Assistant Prosecutor in South Carolina. He later became an author including his most recent book, Civil Rights in South Carolina: From Peaceful Protests to Groundbreaking Rulings.  He has also served as the past president of the Columbia Branch NAACP, as a trustee at Allen University, as a member of the National Bar Association and the American Business Law Association, and is a member of the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame.  Today he continues his work in advocacy as President/CEO of the South Carolina Voter Education Project and President of Lee Associates, Inc.  He is a member and leader of Union Station AME Church in Sumter.

Other events honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the CivilRights Era are as follows:


Saturday, January 18

MLK Challenge

Open to anyone willing to volunteer

8:00am – 8:45am Open Ceremony

Belk Centrum, LRU campus

Sunday, January 19

Annual MLK Community Worship Service


Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church

3147 12th Ave. SE

Hickory, NC 28602

Monday, January 20

Elizabeth Catlett Art Exhibit

Hickory Museum of Art

Sponsored by Hickory Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc and Hickory Museum of Art


Tuesday, January 21

Community Dialogue: The Warmth of Other Suns

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Fireside Room, Cromer Center at 7pm

Thursday, January 23

Sponsored by the LR Visiting Writers Series and Footcandle Film Society

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Carolina Theater at 7pm

$5 admission

Friday, January 24

Harlem String Quartet

Sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory Museum of Art


Annual MLK Day March sponsored by the Hickory Chapter of the NAACP will be held immediately following the LRU James Felder program at 10:00am. All of these events are open to the public. For more information, please contact Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs, 828.328.7288.

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