The Rev. Gilbert Caldwell, a lifelong civil rights activist who worked with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. while studying at Boston University, will preach at a Duke Divinity School worship service, followed by a luncheon and panel discussion.
The worship service will be held at 11:25 a.m. in Goodson Chapel. Afterward, the luncheon and panel conversation will be in the Alumni Memorial Common Room from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The complimentary luncheon conversation will be hosted by Divinity School Dean Elaine A. Heath and is co-sponsored by the Black Seminarians Union, Divinity Student Council, and the Methodist House of Studies as well as the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center.
Caldwell is a retired elder and member of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before attending seminary at Boston University, he was denied admission in the early 1950s to Duke Divinity School due to its segregationist policies at the time.
Caldwell is also the executive producer of the documentary From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?, which will be screened at 7 p.m. the same day at the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall at Duke University’s Smith Warehouse. The screening is sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center. The film follows Caldwell and LGBTQ+ activist Marilyn Bennett, who directed the movie, in an exploration of the similarities, differences, and conflicts between the Black civil rights and LGBTQ+ rights movements. A panel discussion with Caldwell, Bennett, and Durham LGBTQ+ community members will follow.
Pre-registration is required for the complimentary luncheon. Capacity is limited.