In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne University's Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting noted pastor the Rev. David E. Roberts, II as guest speaker for its annual event remembering the civil rights icon. Free and open to the public, the event will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. The Hickory NAACP is holding a march following the engagement with a police escort to Ridgeview Center.
An Asheville, North Carolina native, Roberts earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University and spent a year as an actor before enlisting in the U.S. Navy serving in the Nicaraguan conflict. He was commissioned as an officer in 2000, retiring as a chaplain with more than 20 years of service.