How can we come to terms with the collective memory of the global tragedy of African slave trade? How did this tragedy shape the modern world? Answering those and related questions will be part of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s 2012 celebration of the life, impact and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2012.
The Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada, president of McCormick Theological Seminary (Presbyterian U.S.A.), is the preacher at the 11 a.m. commemoration service in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. The Rev. Dr. Maxine Washington presides.
Documentary screening and discussion
Following a free luncheon at noon, Judith Roberts, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Director for Racial Justice Ministries, will lead a screening and discussion of Slave Routes: A Global Vision. This UNESCO film documents the tragedy and recognizes how Africans “forced to recreate themselves in strange lands, among unknown peoples. . .became the first globalized peoples of the modern era. Africans and their descendants triumphed over a length and intensity of oppression unprecedented in human history.”
“As we celebrate Dr. King’s vision of freedom and equality for all people, we are able to look at history, name the tragedy and begin to heal our communities,” said the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Pero, director of the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at LSTC.
All invited to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy
LSTC’s King Day celebration is for the larger community. “We are grateful to God for the profound influence of Dr. King’s theological contribution to the reformation of church and society in the United States. We invite all to join with LSTC in giving thanks for King’s legacy,” Dr. Pero said.
RSVP for complimentary luncheon tickets by noon January 10 to Kimberley Ferguson at email@example.com or 773-256-0760.
The Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at LSTC sponsors this event. For more information call 773-256-0760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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