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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2010
holiday celebration's theme is 'Embrace Our Past; Imagine Our Future'
Dec. 17, 2009 --
University-Jonesboro’s Office of Multicultural Affairs announces this
year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, “Embrace Our Past;
Imagine Our Future.” Various events will take place throughout Jonesboro
and on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro.
On Monday, Jan. 18, the northeast Arkansas and citywide observance of
Martin Luther King Day will begin with a parade starting at 10:30 a.m.
at Bill’s Super Foods, Inc., 725 East Johnson Avenue at Fisher Street.
The parade route will follow Johnson
Avenue to Arkansas State University’s Centennial Hall, located in the
Reng Student Services Center/Student Union (101 N. Caraway Road). The
post-parade program in Centennial Hall will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will
feature keynote speaker the Reverend Dr. Chester Jones, who currently
serves as district superintendent of the South Central District of the
Arkansas Conference, United Methodist Church. He supervises 58 clergy
who are serving in 57 churches. Prior to his appointment to the Arkansas
Conference, Dr. Jones served for eight years as general secretary of the
General Commission on Religion and Race for the United Methodist Church
in Washington, D.C. He is the brother of Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.
S. Surgeon General and professor of pediatrics at the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Mr. Fred Turner (BSE ’60; MSE ’72), one of the
first African Americans to graduate from ASU, will offer a keynote
speech at 7 p.m. in the Student
Auditorium. Frederick C. Turner Jr. LTC, USA, Ret. is one of the first
African American Students to be admitted to and subsequently graduate
from Arkansas State University. Turner graduated from Arkansas State
University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1960. His
major was Physical Education and he minored in Biology and Military
Science. Graduation was followed by twenty-two years of military
service. During that time (1968), he returned to ASU as an assistant
professor of military science in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
While in this capacity, Turner completed the university's requirements
for a Master of Science in Education degree. Following retirement
from military service in 1982, Turner began another career with the
state of Texas as a workforce development specialist. After 19 years and
a few months, he again retired and then went to work as the director of
the Department of Human Resources at Hampton University, retiring for
good in 2004. Mr. Turner was married
to Gussie Turner and has two daughters, Suzette and Debbye, who was
crowned Miss America in 1990. Turner is currently retired and plans to
stay that way. He resides in Newport News, Va., and is happily awaiting
the birth of another grandchild from his daughter, Dr. Debbye
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m., the “How King Matters” case study
competition will be held in ASU’s Mockingbird Room. All students, both
undergraduate and graduate, are eligible to compete in this case study
competition. The deadline for application to the case study competition
is Thursday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m. in the Leadership Center, Student Union.
Each participant should pick up a packet in the Leadership Center, read
the guidelines, and prepare to utilize his or her best analytical
skills. Personal reflections on the meaning of Dr. King’s legacy are
also encouraged. For more information, contact Kimberley Johnson,
assistant dean of students, at (870) 972-2055, or e-mail