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Dr. Roscoe Williams will give the keynote address Jan. 14 at the annual Tri-College MLK Jr. Celebration. [Michael Holahan/Augusta University]

Annual Tri-College MLK Jr. Celebration to be held Jan. 14

Augusta University, Augusta Technical College and Paine College have partnered to host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. tri-college birthday celebration at noon Jan. 14 in the Maxwell Theatre.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Roscoe Williams, the first African American faculty or staff to be hired at Augusta College in 1970. He retired as dean of students in 1997 after 27 years of service. The Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom was recently named in his honor on Nov. 4.

“When I came in 1970, never did I think this day would happen or this would occur, that somebody would be so gracious as to recognize me, and I will be in turn indebted to them for the gesture,” Williams said at the dedication ceremony.

“Dr. Roscoe Williams is a living legend within our community. His trailblazing journey is so relevant to what Dr. King stood for and we’re truly blessed to feature him as our keynote for this year’s celebration,” said Dr. Garrett Green, director of Multicultural Student Engagement.

For guests who cannot attend in person, a virtual viewing option is available.

Email the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement with questions. Download the event flyer.

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