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Four Prominent Alumni to Commemorate the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK_Memorial_CropOn Martin Luther King Day, January 16, four prominent alumni of Garrett-Evangelical will commemorate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. as keynote speakers at events in Chicago and the nation.  James Cone, Walter Fluker, Myron McCoy, and Reginald Blount will each have the opportunity to speak on the significance of King and his "dream."  To learn how you can attend any of these four commemorative events see below.

The Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) at Garrett-Evangelical celebrates each of these alumni and their contributions to the Church and the academy.  From its inception in 1970, CBE has prepared graduates of Garrett-Evangelical to be "leaders among leaders for the African American religious community and society-at-large" and each of these alumni have done just that.  From James Cone, founding father of Black liberation theology, to Reggie Blount and his expertise in youth and formation in our current context, these four alumni represent five decades of exceptional and bold African American leaders who have changed the discourse of Garrett-Evangelical, the Church, and our world.

Celebrating over 40 years, the fruits of CBE's labor are evident now more than ever.  Garrett-Evangelical has endowed seven scholarships to ensure that financial assistance is available to incoming Black students and numerous events and conferences are held each year.  Courses taught by CBE faculty are open to all students and offer opportunities for understanding Christian faith through interracial and cross-cultural perspectives. Graduates have distinguished themselves as capable pastors and Christian educators; denominational officers, including eight bishops; professors of religion and administrators in higher education; noted authors; and effective community leaders. CBE's mission remains strong and clear: to train and empower persons for the African American religious community and society-at-large. 

Building on this tradition, CBE and the Department of African-American Studies at Northwestern University will welcome legal scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander on February 1, 2012.  Alexander is the author of the highly praised book, "The New Jim Crow."  To learn more, go to

Martin Luther King Day Events


James Cone (GBI, '61 and '65), the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, will deliver his keynote addresss at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, on Monday, January 16.  (Learn More)

James Cone in the News


Walter Earl Fluker (G-E, '80), Boston University School of Theology, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership and the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, will deliver his address at the 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts. (Learn More)

Walter Earl Fluker in the News


Myron McCoy (G-E, '82), president of Saint Paul School of Theology, is the featured speaker at a special observance on Sunday, January 15, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This celebration will be at Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois.  (Learn More)

About Myron McCoy


Reginald Blount (G-E, '06), associate professor of formation, youth, and culture at Garrett-Evangelical and senior pastor at Trinity AME Church in Waukegan, Illinois, will address the community of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, at a special service honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16.  (Learn More)

About Reginal Blount


Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church.  Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction.  Garrett-Evangelical offers degrees for the master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry.  Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.


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