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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) -- Moravian College and Theological Seminary will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a program on Tuesday, January 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Johnston Hall. The keynote speaker for the event will be Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. His presentation is titled, "United We Stand: Divided We Fall." Dr. Adam will explore America’s aspirations and struggle for peace, social justice, and inclusion in our society.
Dr. Charles G. Adams has been hailed as one of the greatest preachers and theological scholars of the twentieth century. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Harvard University with honors and went on to become a doctorial fellow at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Adams has been awarded ten honorary doctorates from such institutions as Morehouse College, Marygrove College, Morris College, Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the University of Michigan.
From 1962 to 1969, Dr. Adams served as Pastor of the historic Concord Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, he is beginning his 31st year as pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout his career, he has taught theological courses at Boston University, Andover Newton School of Theology, Central Baptist Seminary, and Iliff School of Theology.
Dr. Adams has spoken before the United Nations on Apartheid, the World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance in Seoul, Korea, and at the Seventh General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Canberra, Australia.
He is often sought out to work with leaders and communities that are struggling with social justice issues, reconciliation, and peace initiatives. One of the awards that characterize the life of Dr. Adams is the Rabbi Marvin Katzenstein Award from Harvard Divinity School. This award is given to a distinguished alumnus who exhibits "a passionate and helpful interest in the lives of other people, an informed and realistic faithfulness, an embodiment of the idea that love is not so much a way of feeling as a way of acting, and a reliable sense of humor.
Dr. Adams serves on the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College and Morris College. He is a member of the Board of Directors of First Independence National Bank of Detroit, Phi Mu Alpha, and Omega Psi Phi.
Classes at Moravian College will be dismissed for the third and fourth periods on January 23rd to permit fullest possible participation in the program. "I hope that every member of our community - students, faculty, and staff - will join our celebration and reflection on Dr. King’s enduring message," said Moravian’s president, Dr. Ervin J. Rokke.
Admission to the program with Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams is free and open to the public. The Lehigh Valley community in invited to join Moravian College in celebrating Dr. King’s enduring message and legacy on January 23rd in Johnston Hall. For more information, call 610-625-7880.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.