Murray State University’s office of multicultural affairs will be celebrating the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance holiday with a variety of events throughout the week, Jan. 16-20. The MLK Jr. 2012 Proclamation will be signed on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Murray City Hall.

The week-long celebration begins on Monday, Jan. 16, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. A breakfast hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Woodman of the World building on Lowery Drive in Murray. For information on the breakfast, call (270) 809-6836.

Events move to the Curris Center on MSU’s campus at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker Rev. Rinzee Stansberry from Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ridgeway, S.C. Outside of his pastoring duties, Stansberry is the senior program manager in the university technology service division at the University of South Carolina. Everyone is invited to attend the address.

Stansberry has a B.A. degree in computer science from Talladega College in Alabama, and has completed graduate level coursework at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and Payne Theological Seminary (Wilberforce, Ohio). He accepted the call to the ministry in 1996. In 2007, he was called as the pastor of Mount Olive. Over the years, Stansberry has been active in prison, brotherhood, Christian education and preaching ministries.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service: Racer Challenge will follow the Stansberry lecture, beginning at noon and running to 5 p.m. Check-in for community services projects begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Curris Center third floor concourse. The day of service is sponsored by the MSU Service Learning and Regional Outreach program. To register online, go to For more information on the projects, call (270) 809-5888.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, a panel discussion on “Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will be held in the Curris Center Ballroom at 6 p.m. Dr. Steve Jones, chair of the Murray State department of social work, criminal justice and gerontology, will moderate the discussion, which is open to all.

The week wraps with the Marvin D. Mills Scholars Community Service Project on Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about the events, contact the office of multicultural affairs at MSU at (270) 809-6836 or visit

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