AU celebrates MLK

Wed, 2012-07-25 09:19 -- univcomm
Anderson University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20, by connecting with a city-wide celebration and hosting Rev. Elaine Mangrum Walters, associate pastor and director of Christian Education at the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Anderson citywide celebration will take place on Monday, January 20, at the Paramount Theatre at 12 noon. The event, entitled “Let Freedom Ring Through Unity,” will feature Grant County Sheriff Oatess Archey as the keynote speaker. The AU campus will welcome Rev. Walters as the guest speaker during chapel/convocation on Tuesday, January 21, at 10 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Rev. Elaine Mangrum Walters is a nationally known preacher, author, speaker and teacher. She is much sought after in social, civic, and religious circles for her keen ability to integrate theological concepts with social responsibility. She is founder and director of the Leah Project, a faith-based, home based, counseling program. She is also the founder and director of The Daughters of Zion Ministries. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Martin University in the religious Studies Division.

Rev. Walters is a licensed Social Worker in the state of Indiana and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Social Services Administration and a master of arts degree in Urban Ministry. She is a member of the NAACP, Indianapolis Urban League, Greater Indianapolis Church Federation, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Indianapolis Recorder Women’s Charities and Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc.

Established in 1986 by former U.S President Ronald Reagan, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality. The King Holiday celebrates Dr. King’s global vision of the world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed over poverty, racism, war and violence. The holiday celebrates his vision of ecumenical solidarity, his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.

Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.