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Martin Luther King, Jr. 29th Commemorative Lecture Series

Martin Luther King, Jr. at podiumPHCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Lecture Series program commemorates his legacy and provides a forum for faculty, students and the community to engage in a relevant social justice discussion.

Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as Rosa ParksGwendolyn Briley-Strand as Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks: Such a Time, written and performed by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand

Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus on December 1, 1955 marked the beginning of the modern civil rights movement and made her an inspiration to activists worldwide. Her arrest resulted in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, lasting 381 days. Come and join Ms. Briley-Strand as she gives you a glimpse into the life of this pioneer in her struggle for racial equality.

About the Artist

Gwendolyn Briley-StrandGwendolyn Briley-Strand has been delighting audiences on stage, radio, television and in movie theaters for more than 30 years. She is the founder and CEO of See The Fruits, Inc.—a company that uses the Arts to teach American history. Briley-Strand has performed her one-woman shows on historical figures, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman, for hundreds of schools and organizations nationally and internationally, such as the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

Presentation Schedule

Wednesday, January 15
• 10 a.m. – Room E-130, East Campus, Dade City
• 6:30 p.m. – Room B-104/105, North Campus, Brooksville

Thursday, January 16
• 9:45 a.m. – Performing Arts Center, West Campus, New Port Richey
• 7 p.m. – Room B-105, Spring Hill Campus


Recognition of Special Guests
by Imani D. Asukile, Director Multicultural Student Affairs and Equity Services

Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Timeline

1929—Martin Luther King, Jr. born Jan. 15
1947—King delivers first speech as a minister in Atlanta
1948—King receives bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Morehouse College, Atlanta; becomes a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church
1958—King publishes book, “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story”
1963—King delivers “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28
1964—Named “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine; receives Nobel Peace Prize
1968—Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN, April 4
1983—President Ronald Reagan declares the third Monday in January as a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his service to this country
1986—The first national celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Student Leadership Brunch (West Campus event only), sponsored by Student Activities Office. PHCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series is sponsored by the PHCC Foundation and Student Activities Office.

These presentations are offered at no charge and the public is invited to attend. Schools and organizations are welcome. For more information, contact PHCC’s information center at 1-877-TRY-PHCC.