Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

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 scholars whose work has been instrumental in changing the nature of ministry in the church and in the larger world.

This series has featured such lecturers as Bishop John Hurst Adams, the Honorable Reverend Walter E. Fauntroy, and womanist theologian the Reverend Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs.

Martin Luther King Jr. Lecturers Since 1979

  • Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, April 6-7, 2010
  • Dr. Brian Blount, April 8, 2009
  • Dr. Demetrius K. Williams, April 1-2, 2008
  • Dr. M. Shawn Copeland on April 3-4, 2007
  • Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown on April 4-5, 2006
  • Archbishop Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane on April 6-7, 2004
  • Reverend Eugene F. Rivers on April 1-2, 2003
  • Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs on April 2-3, 2002
  • Dr. Walter E. Fauntroy on April 1-4, 2001
  • Dr. Emilie M. Townes on April 7-8, 1998
  • Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker on April 1-2, 1997
  • Dr. Cynthia L. Hale on April 2-3, 1996
  • Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. on April 5-6, 1995
  • Dr. Clarence G. Newsome on April 6-7, 1994
  • Dr. Clarence G. Newsome on April 7, 1993
  • Charles Shelby Rooks on Mar 31 - April 1, 1993
  • Reverend Yvonne Beasley on April 1-2, 1992
  • Chaplain (Maj.Gen) Matthew A. Zimmerman on April 3, 1991
  • Reverend Mary Council-Austin on Feb 22-24, 1989
  • Bishop Philip R. Cousin on Feb 25-26, 1988
  • Dr. C. Eric Lincoln on Feb 13, 1985
  • Bishop James S. Thomas on April 4-5, 1984
  • Dr. Kelly Miller Smith, Sr. on April 5-6, 1979