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Fred D. McQueen Jr. to Give Keynote Address for Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Sponsored by St. Andrews Presbyterian College

Laurinburg, SC, January 16, 2009 --( Fred D. McQueen Jr. will be the guest speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration sponsored by St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg.

The North Carolina A&T State University Fellowship Gospel Choir and the St. Andrews Chamber Choir will perform during the event.

This year’s event will be Monday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. in Avinger Auditorium on the St. Andrews campus. It is free and open to the public.

In 2002, McQueen was awarded the Richmond County Human Relations Award for his unselfish and tireless efforts to promote racial and cultural diversity through his business practice as well as his personal life. He served two terms on the N.C. Minority Health Care Commission and in 2007 was appointed to the N.C. Commission for Environmental Justice.

A Maxton native, McQueen graduated from Howard University in 1969. He went on to graduate in the top 25 percent of his class at the Howard University Medical College. During his senior year, he served as president of the student body.

McQueen completed his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was board certified in family practice in 1979 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1981. He began a family practice in Hamlet in 1977.

Since 1978, McQueen has served as president of the Richmond County Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. He served as president of the Richmond County Medical Society in 1987 and 1988. He was honored as Doctor of the Year in 1992 by the Old North State Medical Society. He has previously served as Chief of Staff at Sandhills Regional Medical Center and is again actively serving in that role.

He has served as the medical director of Britthaven Nursing Facility since its opening in 1988.

“We invite our friends and neighbors to come to our exciting and high energy Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration,” said Rona Leach, assistant professor of education at St. Andrews. “With such dynamic performers and an excellent orator, we feel this is a fitting way for our community to mark the completion of our many fine local MLK events.”

The national holiday marks the birthdate of King on the third Monday of every January. King’s actual birthdate was Jan. 15. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill creating the holiday on Nov. 2, 1983, in a special ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

This is the third year that St. Andrews has coordinated an event for the community.

For more information concerning the event at St. Andrews, call the college at (910) 277-5258.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture to an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship have marked the distinctive character of St. Andrews. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews Online. St. Andrews was formed by the merger on Aug. 29, 1958, of Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to

In early 2008 St. Andrews Presbyterian College initiated a partnership with The Learning House, Inc., a total online education solutions provider, to assist in the development and launch of its online campus. Learning House will provide a customized package of online services, including a learning management system for eCourses, Tier 1 hosting and Help Desk services, custom course consultation, online marketing services, faculty and staff training, and consulting services.

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