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Judge Glenda Hatchett to Speak During Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

Event to feature service fair, community choir

Judge Glenda Hatchett

(December 17, 2015, Aiken, SC) Judge Glenda Hatchett will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Aiken Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration presented by Aiken Technical College and University of South Carolina Aiken.
 
The celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 24 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 375 Robert M. Bell Parkway in Aiken. A service fair featuring area nonprofits will kick-off the event at 2:30 p.m. followed by the program at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
 
“I am so excited that Judge Hatchett will be the keynote speaker for this event,” said Stephanie Franklin, committee chair. “Her background in law and as a judge will bring a different perspective to Dr. King’s legacy.”
 
Judge Hatchett is nationally known for her two-time Emmy nominated syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, which is in its 12th season. She is also the founder and CEO of a production company, Great Day Productions, which specializes in television programming. She currently sits on the Atlanta Falcon’s board of advisors and is a consultant for the National Basketball Association and National Football League.
 
Dr. Sandra J. Jordan, Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, states: “The Aiken community is fortunate to have someone of Judge Hatchett’s caliber be our keynote speaker for the 2016 MLK event. This event will be a highlight for the new year, and it is an appropriate way to start the spring semester for our students and the Aiken community.”
 
Judge Hatchett is also very involved with community development and has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the national board of governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America; the board of advisors for Play Pumps International; the Leadership Circle for the After School Alliance; and the advisory board for the Women’s Resource Center at Spelman College. She is also the national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates, known as CASA, a nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children.
 
Each year, the theme of the event is selected based upon a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2016 theme is: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
 
“The event is an opportunity to celebrate and live out the dream of Dr. King as a community by coming together as a brotherhood; and it's an affirmation that we are not alone but a society with a purpose to keep moving forward,” said Franklin.
 
Dr. Susan A. Winsor, President of Aiken Technical College, states: “This event reflects both the diversity and unity of our community. It is a time that we come together in celebration of accomplishments and in contemplation of goals yet to be achieved. This event is a very meaningful reminder that all of us have the ability to be a contributor to continually improving the welfare and quality of life for all our people.”
 
The celebration has become one that many look forward to attending each year, said Franklin.

“We've had attendees travel from all over the state of SC to attend this event with approximately 1000 participants last year,” she said. “So I say, come one, come all. It's going to be a wonderful celebration of Dr. King and his life's achievements.”
 
There are also opportunities for members of the community to get involved with the event.
Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in the service fair should contact Sharon Rodgers at (803) 648-8331 or sharon@uwaiken.org.
 
Those interested in singing with the Aiken Community Voices choir during the event are asked to contact Joel Scraper by Jan. 13 at (803) 641-3306 or joels@usca.edu. Practices will be held in advance of the event.
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