Walter M. Kimbrough

Walter M. Kimbrough

CLEMSON — Noted author and university President Walter M. Kimbrough will be the keynote speaker at Clemson University’s 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

The service is a highlight of the annual celebration of King’s legacy. It will be streamed live on ClemsonTV.

Kimbrough is the president of Dillard University in New Orleans. He has been recognized for his writings on the African-American college experience, and is the author of “Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.” Using the hashtag @HipHopPrez, he has been cited as one of the top college presidents to follow on Twitter, and in 2015, he was named one of the 20 most interesting college presidents by

The Commemorative Service dates back to 1982, when members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity organized an observance in Tillman Hall auditorium.

Additional 2017 MLK Celebration events include:

Civil Rights Trip to Alabama, Jan. 13-15
Undergraduate and graduate students are traveling to Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham for an educational trip sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Equity.

Day of Service and Blood Drive, Jan. 16
Students and faculty can participate in community service events to commemorate the MLK celebration, including a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hendrix meeting rooms A and B.

Reflecting Through the Years: Activism at Clemson, Jan. 18
A panel of students, faculty and staff to will meet to discuss activism at Clemson over several decades at 6 p.m. in Vickery Hall, room 100.

Tunnel of Oppression, Jan. 19
A simulation of power, privilege and oppression acted out by community members to demonstrate the experience of marginalized populations. The tunnel will be open to the public from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Hendrix Student Center ballrooms.