Nathaniel Owens, C’70, to speak at MLK birthday celebration

  • on 21 Jan 2013
  • Bishop’s Common, Hearth Room

Nathaniel Owens, C’70, Sewanee’s first African-American graduate, will be the featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21, in the Bishop’s Common Hearth Room. A potluck buffet begins at 6 p.m., with the program to follow.

Owens came to Sewanee from Hartselle, Tenn. After graduating with honors in English, he made the decision to attend law school, declining an opportunity to play in the NFL. He and his family live in Alabama where he practices law. His son Nathaniel is a sophomore in the College.

Student talent will highlight the performance segment of the program, featuring interpretive dancers and the gospel choir Sewanee Praise. Nathalie Fowler, president of the African American Alliance, will MC the festivities. The evening culminates in a group sing-along.

Currently in its 28th year, the high-energy, inspirational commemoration of Dr. King is being jointly sponsored by the University’s African American Alliance and Office of Multicultural Affairs; by the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace; and by the Franklin County NAACP. For more information contact Leslie Lytle