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Martin Luther King celebration features

author, youth choir and students


The community is invited to come together on Monday, Jan. 16 to remember and celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The gathering will take place at Manchester College – the site of Dr. King’s final campus speech on Feb. 1, 1968, two months before he was assassinated.

The event will keynote author and pastor Dr. JoAnne Terrell of the Chicago Theological Seminary, who will speak about “Keeping the Dream Alive.” Also, the 15-member Community Ministry youth choir “Future” of Fort Wayne will perform.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. in Wampler Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. 

Terrell, an associate professor of ethics and theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, is author of the book Power in the Blood: The Cross in the African-American Experience. She is assistant pastor of the Greater Walters African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Chicago.

The Jan. 16 event also will include presentations and artwork by Manchester College students, drumming, and voices from other generations as those gathered envision new possibilities, said Assistant Campus Pastor Sonia Smith, a coordinator of the event.

The national Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration day is the third Monday in January, marking the civil rights leader’s Jan. 15, 1929 birthday.

Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college with 1,104 students from 30 countries and 25 states. For more about the College, visit


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