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HCC to hold annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

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HCC to hold annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

(January 11, 2019)— Hagerstown Community College will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Kepler Theater at HCC.

The celebration will feature keynote speaker Antonio D. Underwood, Fulbright Scholar to Serbia, owner/CEO of Tone East Music/TEM Technology, LLC, and author of The Third Eye. Underwood has served as a college lecturer at several notable American universities and was honored as the first African-American to become a George Lucas scholar to the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at the University of Southern California. He was also the first African-Cultured American given the Yale School of Music’s Alumni Award for outstanding contribution to the Yale environment, as a classical tubist, and a member of the two-time Grammy Award-winning McCoy Tyner Big Band. In 2016, Underwood served as a Fulbright Scholar to Serbia where he developed jazz programs at the University of Novi Sad, Academy of the Arts. His musical career in Los Angeles and New York City has also allowed him to collaborate with many of the outstanding talents in the record, theatre, and film industry.

A dramatic rendition of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be performed by the Reverend Darin Mency, from Hagerstown’s Greater Campher Temple. Audiences have enjoyed Reverend Mency’s iconic performance since the inception of HCC’s annual celebration. The event will also include music, dance, and poetry performances, and will be followed by a light reception.

HCC students, staff, and faculty are involved in planning this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact HCC’s Public Information Office at 240-500-2265.