West Virginia University’s Center for Black Culture and Research has announced plans to honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Eddie Reed, director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, will be the keynote speaker at the annual MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

Professor Reed is a leader in the development of new drug treatments for ovarian and prostate cancer, helping to develop an aggressive three-drug therapy for ovarian cancer. He was the principal investigator for the first study to use thalidomide in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer.

Reed earned his medical degree at Yale University and completed his advanced training in internal medicine at Stanford University. He also completed a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, and has published more than 200 full-length scientific publications focusing on novel clinical trials.

“Dr. Reed is definitely a venerable person. He has a powerful message about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and we’re very excited about bringing him to WVU ,”said Katherine Bankole, CBC &R director.”It’s an opportunity to connect with someone who’s living history. I thank the MLK Committee for making such an outstanding selection.”

Other presentations will include the announcement of the recipient of the 2004 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award and the 2004 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship winner.

The achievement award is presented to a West Virginia resident who is working to fulfill the commitment of the civil rights leader and has made a substantial contribution in the advancement of such concerns as civil rights,humanitarianism and social action and advocacy.

The scholarship is awarded to a WVU student selected by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program Committee in coordination with the WVU Foundation and WVU Office of Student Financial Aid.

Phoenicia Keffer, CBC &R student program adviser, said the commemoration reaffirms the University’s commitment to the ideals associated with King’s legacy.

“It is our hope that the Unity Breakfast will be the impetus for personal reflection, family dialogue and community service,”she said.

The breakfast, sponsored by the WVU President’s Office, is free and open to the public. R.S.V.P. by calling 304-293-7029, ext. 110. Reservations are due Jan. 12.