Lecture Series

Fall and spring preaching and lecture series provide frequent opportunities to hear outstanding black preachers in Divinity School classes and worship services.

The Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series are sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies in conjunction with the Black Seminarians Union and a local church. These lectures expose seminarians, faculty, staff, alumni, and local congregations to our nation's most outstanding African-American preachers.

Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series

Since 1975, the Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series has brought outstanding black preachers to Duke University. The lectures are named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, pastor emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Visit the Gardner C. Taylor Lectures on iTunes U to listen to all the lectures since 2007.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Fall and spring preaching and lecture series provide frequent opportunities to hear outstanding black preachers in Duke Divinity School classes and worship services.

Each April since the early 1970s, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series features national community lecturers who address the issues of justice, peace, and liberation in relation to the black religious experience.

The Office of Black Church Studies sponsors the MLK series in conjunction with the Black Seminarians Union and a local congregation. The series exposes seminarians, Divinity School faculty and alumni, and local pastors and their congregations to preachers whose ministry has had significant impact on the civic sphere or to scholars whose work has been instrumental in changing the nature of ministry in the church and in the world.

This series has featured such noted lecturers as Bishop James S. Thomas, the Honorable Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, and womanist theologian Dr. Emilie M. Townes.