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Frederick King to Speak/Perform at MLK Luncheon

Released: 01/08/2009

Frederick King, a professional jazz and gospel trumpeter and business manager at Naval Weapons Station Earle, will be the featured speaker/performer at the Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon at LSU at Alexandria. The luncheon, which benefits the Ebony Scholarship at LSUA, will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 26 in the Fitness Center, a new location due to on-going renovation of Caffey Annex.

Tickets are $10 for the public and $2 for LSUA students. Reservations should be made with Dessie Williams, director of multicultural and international affairs, at 473-6473. They are available to the LSUA community in the Office of Auxiliary Services. The luncheon, which is catered by Outback Steakhouse, draws several hundred participants annually.

Williams said the luncheon will “showcase music of the Civil Rights Movement and commemorate the legacy of Dr. King.”

King, who is not related to the late civil rights leader, is co-founder of the Jersey Jazz Arts Lyceum, a non-profit organization that preserves jazz as an indigenous American art form. An active performer, King’s recordings include “Journey to the Shore” and his most recent CD, “Second Sunday,” a mixture of jazz and gospel.

King has worked for the Naval Weapons Station in Colts Neck, N.J., for more than 25 years. It is considered the Navy’s premier weapons station on the East Coast with more than 1,200 employees on an 11,000-acre site.