Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture Series

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Monday, February 3, 2020
7:30-9 pm
Seymour College Union Ballroom

Angela Sims

Dr. Angela D. Sims

President of Colgate Divinity School

"Creating and Maintaining the Beloved Community”

Dr. Angela D. Sims is the first female President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS).  She is the author and co-author of several books and is the recipient of an array of grants and fellowships. A renowned Womanist scholar, and a member of the National Baptist denomination, Dr. Sims’ research and writing focuses on ethical complications related to lynching and issues of poverty. She has been featured on Religion and Ethics Newsweeklyand in articles in the Dallas Morning News, the Baptist Standardand The New York Times. Prior to pursuing her theological work, Dr. Sims served in the business field–skills that have proven essential in her administrative work.   

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of African and African-American Studies, Brockport Student Government, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Performing Excellence in Diversity grant, 

 “Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.”


About the Lecture

The purpose of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture is to bring a scholarly examination of some aspect of the African-American experience to Brockport and the surrounding community. Typically, the subject relates to King’s vision of the "beloved community,” in which all persons must be able to live harmoniously, brotherly, and sisterly. In our contemporary global village, this concept of the beloved community must necessarily be extended to include cultural, psycho-social, and intellectual diversities.

To this effect, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture series has invited to the Brockport campus activists, academicians, and public and private intellectuals to critically examine the meanings of the beloved community from their own eclectic backgrounds and proclivities.

Last Updated 10/27/20

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