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MLK Jr. Day

Now on Thursday, January 25

“This is Our Hope”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Celebration & Luncheon

Southwest Virginia Community College will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and luncheon on January 25, 2024. The event will begin at Noon, featuring a free lunch, jazz music from the college’s music department, student awards, a guest speaker, and a special musical performance.


  • Welcome Music – Jazz Combo
  • 10 Points – An MLK Timeline – Antwan VanBuren
  • Welcome – Dr. Tommy Wright
  • Invocation – Annette Warren
  • Luncheon – by Eagle Café
  • Excerpt Readings – Terrance Jackson and Keri-Lynn Paulson
  • Honorarium Presentation – Dr. Brian Wright
  • Introduction to the Keynote – Dyan Lester
  • Keynote Speaker – Dr. Van C. Wilson
  • Musical Performance – Community Choir
Keri-Lynn Paulson

Keri-Lynn Paulson

Keri-Lynn Paulson has been a librarian for over 20 years. She was drawn to the profession because of her twin desires to help others and to make information accessible. She especially enjoys tracking down hard-to-find publications and data. She currently serves as the Electronic Resources Librarian at King University, a role she’s held for the last 8 years. Keri-Lynn is also the faculty associate for the King Tornado Women’s Basketball team, not because she knows anything about basketball—she doesn’t—but because she loves the students at King University and wants to invest in them outside the classroom and the library.

Keri-Lynn’s personal research interests spring from her own life experiences of loving God and His Word and expecting better from His Church. She is especially interested in interrogating the history of the white American church, its role in perpetuating racism and misogyny, and its quest for political power. She also moderates the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Network for Appalachian Promise. Last semester she taught a college Honors course on racial justice and equity in America, and she is leading a popular book discussion group on behalf of the Bristol Community Remembrance Project, a coalition of community members that seeks to commemorate the lynching of Robert Clark in Bristol, VA, in 1891. Keri-Lynn believes that it is not possible to fully love a place without acknowledging its flaws and working toward its restoration.

Keri-Lynn is active in her community and church. She sings in the Voices of the Mountains, the vocal ensemble for Symphony of the Mountains. She loves to read, hike, and travel. She has been married to her college sweetheart, Steve, for nearly 25 years, and they have two grown children.

Crys Matthews

Due to this event being rescheduled, Crys Matthews will no longer be able to join us. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration & Lunch

Those who would like to attend this free celebration and luncheon are asked to RSVP by calling 276-964-7825.

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