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Abdullah speaks on King’s service

Hundreds turned out to hear Virginia State University President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, who was the keynote speaker at an annual Dr. Martin Luther King birthday celebration luncheon in Farmville.

This was the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King birthday luncheon celebration sponsored annually by the Southside Virginia Chapter of the Virginia State University Alumni Association (VSUAA). The luncheon was held in Farmville on Jan. 14.

“I believe that this was a record-breaking crowd at our luncheon this year,” said Interim Chapter President Kylor Reed. “They were definitely overwhelmed with Dr. Abdullah’s presence and message, which commemorated the courageous legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, as well as the proud story and future of our beloved VSU.”

During the luncheon, on behalf of the chapter, Sherby Scott Brown presented Abdullah with a check for $3,500.00 as the initial payment toward the Southside Virginia VSUAA chapter’s scholarship endowment. Abdullah was presented a framed artistic drawing designed for VSU.

The artist, Dr. John Cavan, is former the president of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC).

The chapter is one of many throughout the nation which have a common goal to support academic programs and scholarships at VSU.