Calhoun to Host 2013 MLK Observance


Calhoun Community College will pay tribute to slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the college's annual celebration program scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2013.  This year’s program, hosted by the college's Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Nursing instructor Vickie Hale-Brown, will begin at 11 a.m. on Calhoun's Decatur campus in the Kelley Gymnasium.

Calhoun’s MLK observance has traditionally been among the first local programs in the area held to honor the life of Dr. King.  Featured speaker for this year's program is Pastor G. Russell Seay, Jr., Ph.D., assistant professor of Religion at Oakwood University.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Seay received his bachelor’ s degree from Oakwood University and his Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt University.  After serving for 30 years as a pastor and denominational administrator, Seay joined the Oakwood University faculty in 2010. His research interests are Martin Luther King Jr. studies, critical race theory, philosophy of religion, Protestant Reformation thought, and the doctrine of grace.

He has written a number of articles that have appeared in such magazines as, Message, Ministry, Leadership, and Regional Voice.  He also published a devotional book, Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting with AdventSource in 2010 and contributed a chapter entitled, "The Martin Luther King Jr National Holiday: The Making of an American lcon," to the upcoming book The Domestication of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Clarence B. Jones, Right Wing Conservatism, and the Manipulation of the King Legacy (2011), edited by Lewis Baldwin and Rufus Burrows.   Seay is married with three adult children.

Special musical guests will be The Oakwood Adventist Academy Choir, under the direction of Dr. Phillip Williams.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Dean of Student Affairs office at 256/306-2614 or the Public Affairs, Community Relations and Special Events office at 256/306-2560.

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