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 Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Angela Sims (photo credit: RochesterFirst.com)

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  • 2020-01-28
  • Meghan Finnerty

Angela Sims Coming to Campus

President of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School to deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture on February 3.

The College at Brockport will welcome the first female president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture Series.

Angela D. Sims will address students, staff, and community members from 7:30 to 9 pm on February 3 in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom. 

According to Douglas Thomas, chair of the Department of African and African-American Studies, when Sims became the president of the Rochester-based theological college in July of 2019, she was the first African-American woman leader of any American seminary. Sims is also the first African-American woman to lead any Rochester-area college.

“That’s a big deal,” Thomas said. “The theological area is still mostly men.”

Sims is an author and a scholar. Her research has focused on ethical complications related to lynching and issues of poverty. She earned a PhD from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a Master’s in Divinity from Howard University. 

Her lecture will discuss the “beloved community,” an idea created by a 20th-century philosopher and theologian, Josiah Royce, and adopted by Martin Luther King Jr

According to The King Center, an Atlanta-based non-profit that promotes the work of MLK, “ 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.” 

The purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture Series is to highlight Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact. Each year, the College invites activists, academicians, and public and private figures to discuss the African-American experience.

This year, Thomas encouraged attendance by saying, “everyone has something to learn.” 

“I’m especially proud to have her (Sims), because when we think about civil rights, we don't think a lot about women,” Thomas said. “But they were the hands and feet of the Civil Rights movement.”

Last Updated 7/1/20

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