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LSTC celebrates Dr. King’s legacy; examines African resistance to slavery

Posted Dec 14, 2011

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 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


Kim Ferguson
Associate Director,
Multicultural Center

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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