Reminder: Living the Legacy Awards Luncheon to take place Feb. 6; reservations due today


SheyannChristburgThe Living the Legacy Awards luncheon  will take place Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, room BE-5.

The luncheon will include a recognition of the Living the Legacy Award recipients and will feature keynote speaker Sheyann Webb-Christburg, who  became known as Dr. Martin Luther King’s smallest freedom fighter and later  co-authored  the book Selma, Lord, Selma:  Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days.

After a young black man was killed while demonstrating for voting rights, a 54-mile march from Selma to the state Capital in Montgomery to present  a petition to Governor George Wallace was organized  to take place  March 7, 1965 . Nine-year-old  Webb-Christburg was the youngest person to attempt the march which was cut short when the marchers were charged by deputies on horseback as they  crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  As she was running , she was picked up by Rev. Hosea Williams, one of the leaders of the march.

She would later write the book about her experiences which would be turned into a movie,  ”Selma, Lord, Selma,” made by the Walt Disney Network which premiered on ABC television on Jan. 17, 1 999.  King’s daughter, Yolanda, had a role in the movie as Webb-Christburg’s teacher who walked beside  her in the march.

Also at the luncheon the 2013 recipients of the Living the Legacy awards will be honored.  Receiving awards will be Dr. David Trowbridge, Outstanding Faculty Service; Stephanie Holman, Outstanding Community Service; and Charles Meyers, Outstanding Student Service. .

The luncheon is free but reservations need to be made by today, Wednesday, Jan. 30.  They can be made by contacting Clarke at ext. 6-4677 or at Clarkes@marshall.edu