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MLK Jr. Commemorative Lecture by Dr. Obery Hendricks scheduled at LTSS
MLK Jr. Commemorative Lecture by Dr. Obery Hendricks scheduled at LTSS

In honor of the life and legacy the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne University's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) will present a commemorative lecture by Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. on Monday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in Stavros Lecture Hall of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS). Dr. Obery will also speak earlier in the day at Lenoir-Rhyne University's Hickory campus at 10 a.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

One of the nation's most provocative and innovative commentators on the intersection of religion, politics and social policy in America, Dr. Hendricks will address the politically and racially charged issues that are dividing and hindering peace throughout our country.

Dr. Hendricks is the author of the bestselling book The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted. The book was the featured subject of the C-SPAN program "Class, Politics and Christianity." As a widely sought lecturer and media spokesperson, Dr. Hendricks has also been featured on PBS, National Public Radio, al-Jazeera Television, NHK Japan Television, Air-America, Radio One, Fox News, the Discovery Channel and the Bloomberg Network. He is also a featured writer for Godspolitics.com, an editorial advisor to the award-winning Tikkun magazine, a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, and a principal commentator in The Oxford Annotated Bible.

Dr. Hendricks has been a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee and the National Religious Leaders Advisory Committee of the Barack Obama presidential campaign. He is an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for American Progress and serves on the board of the Public Religion Research Institute.

A former Wall Street investment executive and past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American theological seminary in the United States, Dr. Hendricks is currently Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary and Visiting Scholar in both the Department of Religion and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University.

This important presentation by Dr. Hendricks is scheduled as part of the 2016-17 IFL Speaker Series and if free and open to the public. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Jennifer Casey, Director of Enrollment Management for LR's Columbia campus at jennifer.casey@lr.edu or 803.461.3297.