For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2019
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
The college may be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, but at 5:30 p.m., Laurel Ridge’s Fauquier Campus will open the doors to the Rose Loeb Student Center to welcome those wishing to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Choir will perform spiritual and contemporary songs under the direction of the Rev. Lemuel Montgomery.
Fauquier County resident Earlene Morgan, the daughter of the Rev. Leamon W. White, pastor of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. for 44 years, will deliver the keynote address. According to his obituary in the Washington Post, the Rev. White was instrumental in organizing the March on Washington.
His daughter is an attorney with the federal government, and was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and won a Litigation Award while attaining her law degree from the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. She has a master’s degree in religious education from and studied classical Hebrew and religion and society at Duke University.
Mrs. Morgan was an Army ROTC cadet while studying for her undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College in Boston. As an attorney, she has appeared in federal court and successfully written for a case before the Supreme Court. Before her law career, Mrs. Morgan taught classical Hebrew, language arts and history.
Light refreshments will follow the program. For more information, contact Laurel Ridge campus life and engagement specialist Chris Lambert at [email protected], or (540) 351-1567.
Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected], 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.
Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.