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MLK Commemoration

2021 MLK Celebration Speaker

Armstrong Campus – Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. | Fine Arts Theater – Reserve your seat here.

Statesboro Campus – Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. | Performing Arts Center – Pick up your tickets from the Performing Arts Center or reserve your tickets here.

**Due to COVID-19, in person seating is limited. The event from the Statesboro campus will be livestreamed from Georgia Southern University’s Facebook page.**

James is a native of Riverdale, Georgia and an alumnus of Georgia Southern University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies. He also is an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, having served as an Intelligence Analyst.

He ran for State Representative in 2016 and also served on the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia and State Vice President of the Georgia Clients Council. He also served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Francys Johnson for Congress [GA12] and has served as the legislative aide to State Representative Miriam Paris [HD142-Macon] for three years in the Georgia General Assembly.

Major is a Silver-Life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He has served as its State President of the Georgia Youth & College Division, Vice President of its Bulloch County Branch and State Chairman of the Young Adults Committee. He graduated in December 2018 as an inaugural member of the Next Gen Program, a national NAACP leadership co-hort. He currently serves as the State President of the Georgia NAACP.

Woodall is a minister of the gospel. He is currently enrolled at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) pursuing a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) through the Morehouse School of Religion. He is an Associate Minister at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia where Rev. Sammie J. Dow is the Pastor.

Rev. James Woodall is a public theologian, an activist, a student, but most importantly, a prisoner of hope. He is guided by the words of the prophet in Zechariah 9:12, “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope. Today I declare that I will restore double to you.”

And in these days of challenge and adversity, he believes in the beauty of this moment to make America a better nation.

Previous Speakers

The following are a list of previous MLK Jr. Commemoration Speakers at Georgia Southern University:

Myrlie Evers-Williams2006
Bernice King2007
Dr. Cornell West2008
Tavis Smiley2009
Michael Eric Dyson2010
Dr. Angela Davis2011
Dick Gregory2012
Soledad O’Brien2013
Ambassador Andrew Young2014
Michele Norris2015
Dr. Steve Perry2016
Nikki Giovanni2017
Bakari Sellers2018
Roland S. Martin2019

MLK Conversation Circles

Are you looking to learn more about MLK connected to various areas? Check out these conversation circle sessions below. To register, use the links below. All sessions are virtual!

Date/TimePresenterTopicMeeting Link
Mon Jan 25
2 p.m.
Dr. Gemma SkuratonPublic Health Register Here
Tues Jan 26 
1 p.m.
Ryan MoguelLGBT RightsRegister Here
Tues Jan 26
3 p.m.
Paris LawrenceRace Register Here
Wed Jan 27
1 p.m.
Dr. Maxine BryantCriminal Justice Register Here
Thurs. Jan 28
1 p.m.
Cami SockowSustainability & Environmental JusticeRegister Here
Fri. Jan 29
11 a.m.
Dr. Urkovia AndrewsCommunity/Civic EngagementRegister Here
Fri Jan 29
Dr. Lisa Costello & Dr. Jane RagoWomen’s RightsRegister Here

Community Service Opportunities

MLK’s legacy of service should inspire us to service in our community and make an impact. Check out these service opportunities available here. For more information, contact the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement.

Last updated: 3/18/2015