Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the daughter of retired South African archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu, will give the keynote address.
Saturday’s activities will begin at 5 p.m. with a book and autograph signing in the foyer of the Johnson Center. The main program will begin at 6 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center.
Saturday’s program is sponsored by CSCC and the Bradley County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Lawrence Armstrong, president of the local NAACP Chapter, expressed his pleasure with plans for this year’s program and its speaker.
The national theme of the MLK commemoration this year is “Remember, Celebrate, Act.”
Tutu’s speech will focus on “Our Shared Humanity: Creating Understanding Through the Principal of MLK.”
Saturday’s speaker is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. Born in South Africa, she has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom and the United States.
She says growing up as the daughter of Desmond Tutu has provided her with many opportunities — but also challenges — in life.
Among those opportunities is the chance to travel the world and speak to the people of many nations, such as at Saturday’s commemoration at CSCC.