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7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16   Wine Recital Hall

Dream Analyses: Martin Luther King, Jr.,

Wish Fulfillment, and Obama in the American Psyche

and the Union Baptist Church Choir

7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19   Petersime Chapel

The Meeting, an imaginary conversation between

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

Martin Luther King Jr. public programs

at Manchester discuss faith, activism

Two scholarly programs about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the popular Union Baptist Church Mass Choir will highlight Manchester College’s annual Service of Remembrance and Celebration honoring the civil rights leader.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Quinton Dixie, co-author of This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience, written to accompany the PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize about the civil rights movement.

The public is invited to the Friday, Jan. 16, speech and music by the Union Baptist Church Mass Choir of Fort Wayne. The 7 p.m. program, in Wine Recital Hall, is free.

On the following Monday, Jan. 19, the public also is invited to a dramatic reading of The Meeting, an imagined encounter between King and Malcolm X a week before the Black Muslim leader was killed. Jeff Stetson’s script, based on speeches by the two leaders, has them arguing the merits of nonviolence versus aggressive separatism.

The reading of The Meeting, also free, begins at 7 p.m. in the campus Petersime Chapel.

Dixie’s topic for his Jan. 16 presentation is “Dream Analyses: Martin Luther King, Jr., Wish Fulfillment, and Obama in the American Psyche.”

The assistant professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne co-authored This Far by Faith with Juan Williams. The in-depth, chronological overview of black religious thought illustrates that "the unyielding center of the African American experience is faith," reported The New York Times. A reception and informal discussion with Dixie follows the program.

Dixie, who holds a Ph.D. in religious history from Union Theological Seminary of Columbia University, is a scholar of African-American religious history, hip-hop and spirituality, and religion and the Civil Rights Movement.

The traveling adult choir of Union Baptist Church in Fort Wayne will perform under the direction of GorDon Martin, minister of music.

Dr. King delivered his final campus speech at Manchester College – on Feb. 1, 1968, two months before he was assassinated. Dixie will make his presentation from the very podium King used.

Manchester, with 1,145 students from 25 states and 25 countries, pioneered the first undergraduate peace studies program in the United States.  For more about the Peace Studies Institute and Program in Conflict Resolution, click here.

January 2009


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