MLK Jr.'s Community Celebration


Monday, January 19, 2015 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Christ Chapel, Gettysburg College

Keynote Speaker: Jay Smooth
Music: Morgan State University Choir

Sponsored by the Diversity Commission, The Office of the Provost
and The MLK Jr. Celebration Committee


6:30 PM
Musical Prelude - Biglerville High School Jazz Band

7:00 PM

Biglerville High School Jazz Band

President Janet Morgan Riggs

Chaplain Joseph Donnella

Musical Selection
Choir of Morgan State University Choir

Living the Dream Award Presentation


7:25 PM Introduction of Speaker - Zakiya Brown '15

7:30 PM Keynote Speaker – Jay Smooth

8:10 PM Benediction - Chaplain Joseph Donnella

8:15 PM “We Shall Overcome” 

About Jay Smooth

Jay Smooth is founder and host of New York City’s longest running hip-hop radio program, WBAI’s “The Underground Railroad,” which he launched in 1991 when he was only a teenager. He is also the mastermind behind the hip hop and politically-oriented video blog “The Ill Doctrine,” (, where he serves up contemporary observation on topics of race, politics, music, and pop culture.

A leading voice in the sociopolitical realm, Smooth gained national attention with his video “How To Tell People They Sound Racist,” in which he humorously yet thoughtfully describes how to have the awkward “that-sounded-racist” conversation. In 2011, he was invited to speak at TEDx, where he encouraged the audience to stop dancing around the topic and actively embrace conversations about race.

As the son of an African American father and a white mother, Smooth credits his mixed race heritage for his “unique position to travel between different worlds.” On campus he’ll break the taboo, talk about these different worlds, and promote healthy discussion on race in America today.

Smooth counts among his legions of fans Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, who has referred to him as a “genius” for his cultural commentary. Wired has called him "the hardest blogging man in hip-hop” and Salon named him one of its “Sexiest Men Living” in 2008. In addition to his media accolades, Smooth provides music commentary to NPR and is creator of the website  In 2013, Smooth joined as their Video and Multimedia Producer.

Smooth entertains, challenges, and enlightens audiences with his funny, incisive perspective on music, politics, and culture, encouraging audiences to do their own critical thinking about the world, engage in conversations about cultural issues that matter, and find some common ground.

Jay Smooth
Jay Smooth


Continue the legacy of Dr. King by supporting The Adams County Career Aid Project, which provides scholarships for low-income youth and adults in Adams County to further their education beyond high school. 

Since 2004, The Career Aid Project has provided almost $100,000 to over 230 people to study.

The MLK Celebration Committee seeks support to reach the goal of raising $20,000 this year. Donations are accepted by mail as well as during the offering at the Celebration on January 19

Please make checks payable to SCCAP/ACCAP and mail to 153 North Stratton Street, Gettysburg, PA.  All donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be mailed. 



Adrienne Camel, Chair
Diana Henne
Nell Matthews
Elizabeth Richardson Viti
Rosie Bolen
Jean Odom
Sue Williams
Nancy Whitman
Ashley Andyshak Hayes
Tonya Mincey
Kim Davidson
Harvey Haun

Contact Adrienne: