Martin L. King, Jr. Commemoration

Dream Alive


Martin Luther King Speaker Joe Rogers: DREAM ALIVE
January 20, 2009 8:00 PM, Crawley Forum 

On Tuesday, January 20, Joe Rogers, former Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, attorney, and lecturer, will bring his "Dream Alive" presentation to Hampden-Sydney College.
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Hampden-Sydney Hosts World Peace Scholar
Arthur Romano 
January 23, 2007

On Tuesday, January 23, Arthur Romano will speak at Hampden-Sydney College.  His topic is Call to Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Message of Nonviolence Today. Currently a World Peace Scholar in England, Romano holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science, and Conflict Resolution.Full Story...

A Message of Peace and Reconciliation
Joseph Sebarenzi
January 23, 2006

Joseph SebarenziOn Monday, January 23, Joseph Sebarenzi, former leader of the Rwandan Parliament, will speak at Hampden-Sydney College on "A Message of Peace and Reconciliation." Sebarenzi lost his parents, seven siblings, and other relatives in the Rwandan genocide of 1994.   Years later, as a senior government official in a position to exact revenge, he instead pushed for peace and reconciliation. Full Story...

The Freedom of Choices & Voices
Kemba Smith
January 17, 2005

Kemba SmithHer story has been told on ABC's Nightline and Early Morning Show, Fox TV, C-SPAN and other notable television programs. On January 17, 2005, Kemba Smith will be on Hampden-Sydney's campus to share that same story with our community as she will be this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. speaker. Kemba gained national attention after being sentenced 24 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole for a first time non-violent drug offense. She served 6 years before President Bill Clinton granted her clemency in 2000. Full Story...

A Commemorative Program on Dr. King's Dream
January 20, 2004

Maurice Jones '86Maurice Jones '86, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services, was the featured speaker for the evening. Jones' talk was focused on the issue of poverty, which was the current concern for Dr. King when he was assassinated April 4, 1968. While not undermining unfair practices based on race, economic disparity is more of a challenge now in the efforts to reach the 'Promise Land' that Dr. King described. Using actual statistics from the state of Virginia, Jones enlightened the audience on how big of a problem the state is facing with poverty. Subtopics such as health insurance, educational programs, minimum wages, and general living expenses were used to support the focus of the talk. Full Story...

"Defending the Dream: What We Need to Do Now"
January 21, 2003

Bruce A. Jacobs is author ofRace Manners, a nonfiction book that challenges black and white Americans to honestly confront racial assumptions and misunderstandings in everyday life. His talk will address ways in which we need to advance Dr. King's agenda of fairness and justice in the context of today's issues and struggles.

Martin L. King, Jr. Commemoration
January 17, 2002

Dr. King's "Smallest Freedom Fighter" and co-author of the book Selma, Lord, Selma, Sheyann Webb-Christburg marched with Dr. King in the Selma March on March 7, 1965 known as "Bloody Sunday." Ms. Webb-Christburg will give a talk on her experience with Dr. King and the impact he had on her life. Disney Films recently produced a movie about her experiences during the Selma March.