Stephen F. Austin State University

MLK Celebration

MLK CELEBRATION: February 20, 2018 at 7pm, BPSC Twilight Ballroom

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. SFA students and community members will present music, dance, and art as they rejoice together in spirit. A keynote address by Dr. Tshepo Masango Chery will conclude the celebration.
MLK Celebration

2018 Keynote Speaker: Tshepo Masango Chery

Tshepo Masango Chéry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies with an affiliation in the Department of History. She earned her BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy at Princeton University with certificates in African Studies, African American Studies, and Woman & Gender Studies. At the University of Pennsylvania, she obtained her PhD in African History with a certificate in Africana Studies.

Her current book project is entitled Kingdom Come: Archbishop Alexander's Transnational Practices of Faith & Freedom in Segregationist South Africa. It examines the ways South Africans relied on the African Orthodox Church as a forum from to examines questions of freedom for themselves and other black people worldwide. This historical account which begins in the late 19th century and ends in the late 20th century, links together the political ambitions of South African Ethiopianism, American Garveyism, and East African radicalism.

Her work has been supported by the Fontaine Society, Annenberg Foundation, and the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and she was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Admission $3 admission for Students $5 admission for Faculty/Staff/Community Member Dinner will be provided with admission *Dress code: business casual For more information as well as dietary restrictions, please email