Kennesaw State to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with week of events

Mary Frances Early
Mary Frances Early

Georgia civil rights leader and educator to give Jan. 17 keynote

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan 9, 2019) — Kennesaw State University will host a week of activities honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day beginning with a luncheon and keynote address by Mary Frances Early, the first African-American graduate from the University of Georgia.


Mary Frances Early became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1962. A retired educator, she helped integrate UGA and later became the first African-American elected president of the Georgia Music Educators Association. Early taught music at Morehouse and Spelman colleges, and served as chair of the music department at Clark Atlanta University. She is a recipient of the UGA President’s Medal.


Early’s keynote address during the Dr. King Legacy Luncheon will kick off a week of activities at the University to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and celebrate his legacy and impact of the Civil Rights Movement.

During KSU’s weeklong celebration, the campus community will participate in several activities, including a day of community service at various volunteer sites around the city, and a special celebration reflection on Dr. King’s legacy – Six Voices: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 60 Minutes.

The event is closed to the general public. Media are invited to attend but asked to RSVP to


Keynote and luncheon with Mary Frances Early

Thursday, Jan. 17, noon-1:30 p.m.

Click here for the full schedule of activities.


Kennesaw State University Convocation Center

Kennesaw Campus, 590 Cobb Avenue NW, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144


– Thomas Dale

Photo provided by Nancy Evelyn/University of Georgia


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit