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Moravian to Celebrate MLK with Interfaith Service and Talk by Author Tim Wise

Bethlehem, Pa., January 14, 2009— Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will hold two events to commemorate and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. An interfaith service will be held to honor King on Monday, January 19, at 4 p.m., in the Afterwords Café in the lower level of Reeves Library.  Tim Wise, prominent anti-racist writer and activist, will present “A New Birth of Freedom: From Lincoln to King to Obama Are We Ready,” on Tuesday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building (HUB) is located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem, Pa.  For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Diversity by calling 610 625-7847.

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., and has been called, “One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation,” by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric Dyson, of Georgetown University. Wise has spoken in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale and Columbia, and has spoken to community groups around the nation.

Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White, and Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male. His fourth book, Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama will be released in January 2009. He has contributed essays to twenty books, and is one of several persons featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories, from Duke University Press. He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues, and his writings have appeared in dozens of popular, professional and scholarly journals.

In recent years, the College has celebrated King’s life with a variety of outstanding programs which have featured, Donna Brazile, political commentator and chair of the Voting Rights Institute, Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Reverend Calvin D. Butts, Ph.D., pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in (Harlem) New York City; Patricia Williams, a professor of constitutional law at Columbia University; award-winning author Michael Eric Dyson; and Rev. James Alexander Forbes Jr. senior minister of New York’s Riverside Church.

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.