MLK commemoration programs next week

Staff report


There will be two Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration programs coming to Youngstown next Sunday and Jan. 15.

The programs, titled “Fifty Years Later: ‘Remembering What is Civil: Doing What is Right’” are free and open to the public.

Next Sunday,there will be a community worship at 3:30 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St.

On Jan. 15, a community workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave.

The workshop will be followed by breakout sessions open to discussion about education, entrepreneurship, criminal justice and concerns of youth.

The featured speaker at both events is the Rev. Willie James Jennings, a Yale University associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies.

Jennings’ book, “The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race,” won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflective category in 2015.

Jennings, a Calvin College graduate, is an ordained Baptist minister and has served as interim pastor for several North Carolina churches and has authored more than 40 scholarly essays, nearly two dozen reviews and several essays on academic administration and blog posts for Religion Dispatches.

The event is sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mahoning Valley Planning Committee.

For information, call 330-747-2125.

There also will be upcoming community events April 4 commemorating the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. At noon there will be a luncheon and community worship service co-sponsored by the MLK Planning Committee and the Baptist Pastors Council of Youngstown.

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