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Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III to speak at Moravian College

His talk “Leading with Courage and Conviction,” to honor MLK and Rosa Parks

Bethlehem, Pa., January 23, 2006— Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will celebrate the extraordinary leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Rosa Parks with a program led by guest speaker, Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts, III on Monday, January 30, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Butts is nationally known for his work promoting social justice, community building, and empowerment. In addition to being the Pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, Butts is President of SUNY College at Old Westbury. He is also President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York; Chairman of the Board of Managers for the C. T. Walker Housing Corporation; Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of New York City; member of The Central Park Conservancy Board, and many other committees. He is the Chairman of the National Affiliate Development Initiative of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (BLCA) and a founding member of the organizations’ Board of Commissioners. He has served as President of Africare, and independent organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life in rural Africa. He also served as Chairman of the Board for the Harlem Branch YMCA. He has taught Urban Affairs and served as an Adjunct Professor in the African studies department at City College, New York. He has also taught Black Church History at Fordham University. Dr. Butts has given numerous lectures and speeches at colleges and universities across the nation.

Dr. Butts earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College. He returned to New York and earned a Master of Divinity degree in Church History from Union Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Church and Public Policy from Drew University.

Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building at Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem. For more information on this program, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Institutional Diversity at 610 625-7847.

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.