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LRU and Community to Celebrate the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thu Jan 5 2012

Lenoir-Rhyne University, in collaboration with other community organizations, will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with several events in January.

Dr. James Cone will speak at 10:00 am on Martin Luther King Day, January 16th, in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir Rhyne University. This event is in conjunction with the L-R Institute for Faith and Learning Series.

Dr. Cone is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He attended Shorter College and holds a B.A. degree from Philander Smith College. In 1961, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and later earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Dr. Cone has been conferred thirteen honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2000, and the Institut Protestant de Théologie, Paris, France.

He is the author of thirteen books and over 150 articles and has lectured at more than 1,000 universities and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is best known for his ground-breaking works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), God of the Oppressed (1975) and for Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare? (1991). His latest work, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, was published in September 2011.

Other events, celebrating the life and the legacy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King include:

Saturday, January 14th
MLK Challenge

Open to anyone willing to volunteer

  • 8:00am – 8:45am Open Ceremony
    Belk Centrum, LRU campus
    Assign groups, sites, and challenge. Head sites.
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm Service Projects
    Various Sites
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm Closing Ceremony
    Belk Centrum, LRU campus
    Presentations, Reflection, and Awards
    Short MLK Day of Service video

Sunday, January 15th
Annual MLK Community Worship Service

  • 3:00pm
    Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church
    480 Catawba Valley Blvd., Hickory (828-327-9070)
    (Across from Grandview Middle School)

Monday, January 16th
MLK Day Holiday

  • 9:00am – 12:00 pm Service Project
    Thrifty Lion/Longview Elementary
  • 2:30pm – 4:30pm MLK Day Movie
    Open to the Community
    ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’
    A true story about Civil Rights in North Carolina
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm Service Project
    Salvation Army Shelter

The Annual MLK Day March sponsored by the Hickory Chapter of the NAACP will be held immediately following the LRU Dr. Cone program at 10:00am. After the Ridgeview Program sponsored by the NAACP the play “By a Black Hand” will be presented at the Hickory Community Theater at 2:00pm.

All of these events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Emma Sellers, Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life and Intercultural Programs, 828-328-7288


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