Christian Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Next Tuesday, Sept 16, the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture will sponsor the annual Drummond-Bush lecture. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing into law the Civil Rights Act, this year’s lecture will focus on the role that people of faith had in the Civil Rights movement. Our speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith, the Martin Luther King Center Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Kentucky. He will lecture on “Christian Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”. Dr. Smith is the author, editor, or co-editor of three books. He was a contributing volume co-editor of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume Six: Advocate of the Social Gospel. He has nearly forty other publications in historical journals and encyclopedias. In addition to being a recognized historian of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Smith is also a Baptist pastor. The lecture will be given at the Wake Forest Baptist Church, located on the campus of Southeastern Seminary.

In addition to the Tuesday night lecture, there will be a “Casual Conversation” chapel on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Binkley Chapel. Southeastern Seminary’s president, Dr. Danny Akin, will moderate a panel that will further discuss how Christians impacted the Civil Rights movement then, and how believers should respond today. Dr. Smith will be joined by David Roach of Baptist Press and Brent Aucoin of Southeastern Seminary (both historians and scholars of the Civil Rights movement). The fourth panel member will be a very special guest, Clarence Henderson.

Clarence Henderson is seated on the far right

Clarence Henderson is seated on the far right

Mr. Henderson participated in one of the pivotal events of the Civil Rights movement–the famous sit-in at the whites-only Woolworth diner in February, 1960.

Both events are free of charge, but it is necessary to register for Tuesday night’s lecture here, as seating is limited. You will not want to miss either session!

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