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The Dallas Institute To Present the 8th Annual MLK Symposium Featuring Ambassador Andrew Young

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Keynote Speaker Ambassador Andrew Young

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture will present the Eighth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on January 21, 2013, 7PM-8:45PM, at the City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.  The theme for this year’s program is “The Role of the African American Church in the Civil Rights Movement.” Keynote speaker will be Ambassador Andrew Young, pastor, activist, politician, diplomat, seminal figure in the Civil Rights Movement and a personal friend of Dr. King. Along with Ambassador Young, Dallas’ own Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes and TCU’s Dr. Keri Day will also speak. ALON USA and Baylor Health Care System are presenting sponsors.

In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in his classic The Souls of Black Folk that “the Negro church of today is the social centre of Negro life in the United States, and the most characteristic expression of African character.” During the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s many leaders had been raised within the Black church, and Dr. King himself was a pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

“In looking at the Civil Rights Movement, we realized what an impact the African American Church had on the lives of those involved,” said Dr. Larry Allums, executive director of The Dallas Institute. “To fully understand the emotion and sentiment behind the movement, one must look at the spiritual influence of that time. I am thrilled that Ambassador Andrew Young will be speaking at the Symposium. His friendship with Dr. King as well as his involvement as a Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and his service as the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will lend insight to this monumental time in history.”

The program will begin at 7 PM with a welcome by Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes followed by Ambassador Young’s keynote address. A discussion panel with Rev. Dr. Holmes and Dr. Day will round off the evening until 8:45 PM. Rev. Dr. Holmes is Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas. Dr. Day is the Assistant Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at the Brite Divinity School at TCU.

The MLK Symposium is open to the public, but attendance is by reservation only.  Admission is $20; admission for teachers and students is $10. Group rate for 10 or more is $15 per ticket. To register, call the Dallas Institute at (214) 871-2440 or visit

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