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MLK Luncheon and Celebration 2023

MLK Jr. event

Southwest Virginia Community College will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and luncheon on January 16, 2023. The event was held in a virtual format during the pandemic, but will return to the King Community Center this year.

The event will begin at 11am on MLK Jr. Day, featuring a free lunch, jazz music from college’s music department, student awards, guest speaker Rev. Sharon Bowers, and a special music session from Columbus, OH based artist Chuck Starr.

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

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Guest speaker for the event, Rev. Sharon Bowers, brings over 30 years of experience in full-time ministry and has a long-established history of being a champion of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. She is the founder and CEO of Character Based Leadership Institute, Inc., an innovative leadership and personal development ministry helping Christians and others lead and live with character. Reverend Bowers most recently served at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as the Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation.


“With his iconic style, smooth vocals, and easy charm, singer-songwriter Chuck Starr is known to bring explosive energy to match audiences at his live performances around the world. 

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Starr began singing at an early age in the church choir where he found his love for music.  From there, he moved to New York City to pursue his music career that lead to contracts with Carnival (Velvet Vibe Band) and Holland (B.B. Kings All Star Band) cruise lines as their lead vocalist. 

During his tenure on the ships, Starr was highly rated as the number one leading vocalist among the fleet with his captivating music performances of all genres.  Leaving his audiences with lasting impressions of happiness, love, and joy after every show, Starr easily gained popularity through social media following and expanded his fan base internationally.  

Currently, the Columbus-based artist is lighting a fire with his debut album, “Love Math.” Composed mainly with a glossy R&B-influenced pop vibe, Chuck Starr takes you through an array of emotions that delves deep into romance and tribulations of relationships.  Each hook, each rhyme is deeply rooted in conveying some of the most intimate moments of our lives that you can groove and connect to with this album.” 

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Tuesday, January 24th. The cancellation announcement will be made at

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