Hope Will Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On Monday, Jan. 15, with Service

Posted January 4, 2000

HOLLAND -- Hope College will present its 11th annual commemorative service and keynote address in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free. The program will feature the theme "Is the Dream Relevant in the New Millennium?" The keynote lecturer will be Dr. Charles E. Booth, pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

The service will also feature the Hope College Gospel Choir. A candlelight prayer will follow the service, as will a reception in the lower level of Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Booth has been pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church since 1978. In 1993, he founded the Mount Olive Christian Academy, which currently educates grades kindergarten through six, stressing excellence in academics, African and African-American history, and Christian education.

Prior to coming to Mount Olive, he was pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church of West Chester, Pa.

Booth is the author of "Bridging the Breach: Evangelical Thought and Liberation in the African American Preaching Tradition," published by Urban Ministries in 2000. He contributed to "Wisdom of the Ages: The Mystique of the African-American Preacher," published by Judson Press in 1995, and "The Irresistible Urge to Preach: A Collectible of African-American 'Call' Stories," published by Aaron Press in 1992. He is also a contributing writer for "The Worker," a devotional quarterly published by the Nannie H. Burroughs School of Washington, D.C., and has had sermons included in a variety of Judson Press publications.

He currently serves as professor of preaching at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. He has also taught or lectured at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, The Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio, and Eastern Union Bible College in Columbus.

Booth has been an invited lecturer or preacher at events across the country as well as abroad. Honors that he has received include the Alpha Kappa Alpha Humanitarian Service Award in Columbus in 1981; being listed on the Honor Roll of Great Preachers published by "Ebony" Magazine in November of 1993; the Vertner Woodson Tandy Award for community service from the Alpha Rho Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in December of 1998; and the James Stamp Alumni Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to young people attending UNCF and Historically Black Institutions from the Inter Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund in June of 1999. He received an honorary degree from Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg in June of 1980.

He completed his bachelor's degree at Howard University. He holds a master of divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.

Additional information about the event may be obtained either by calling the college's Office of Multicultural Life at (616) 395-7867 or at the office's web site,


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