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

January 5, 2012

On 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