Spiritual Leader Speaks at Annual King Celebration

Posted: January 30, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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Michael Beckwith

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Rev. Michael Beckwith, founder and director of Agape International, is the featured guest at this year’s Martin Luther King Celebration today at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. This year’s celebration also includes performances by Mason’s own gospel choir Anointed Voices of Unity and mezzo soprano Patricia Miller, Music.

The day kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 116, with a read-in from and open discussion of King’s book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? The discussion, which is open to the entire campus community, will be facilitated by Marilyn McKenzie, interim director of African American Studies, and Richard Rubenstein, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

The Anointed Voices of Unity will begin performing at 12:50 p.m. in the Johnson Center Atrium, and the choir will help lead the annual symbolic march around the Johnson Center and down to Dewberry Hall. A reception follows Beckwith’s talk.

Beckwith has convened conferences with such spiritual luminaries as the Dalai Lama in India and the Gandhi family at the United Nations. He has traveled as an ambassador of peace to India, Cuba, and South Africa. His commitment to world peace has drawn public recognition, and he has been honored with the Humanitarian Award of the National Council for Community and Justice, the United World for the International Protection of Children’s Rights Award, the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award from Morehouse College, and the Martin Luther King Peace Award.

For more information about the day’s activities, visit the web site.

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