The Rev. Herbert W. Scott will be the featured speaker during the college’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 16. The theme of the Remembrance and March this year is Peace and Brotherhood.

The public is invited to all elements of the observances, including a free dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the First Church of God in Wise. A candlelight march from the church through downtown Wise will begin at 6:30 p.m. and proceed to the Wise Baptist Church, where the formal program will begin at 7 p.m. Transportation will be available for those unable to participate in the candlelight procession.

The celebration also features musical performances by the UVa-Wise Wise Guys, The Mt. Sinai Spirituals from Kentucky and Angel’s Rose from Wise.

Scott, better known as Pastor Woody Scott, is the founder and senior pastor of Morning Star Full Gospel Church. He is the founder of the Full Gospel Bible Institute in Castlewood, Virginia.

Scott has been in the ministry for 33 years.  He served as pastor in several churches in the East Tennessee and Virginia Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church and has been ordained as elder.

In 1990, Scott established Morning Star Full Gospel Church, a ministry that started small, but is growing. He is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and serves as chaplain for the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. He serves on several boards, including the Advisory Board for ADC, Stone Mountain Clinic and the Russell County Electoral Board. He is FCA leader at Castlewood High and he is married to Mamie Yates Scott. They have one son, Travis.