Campus Martin Luther King Jr. celebration features acclaimed bishop

Bishop E. Lynn Brown gives keynote address on Bridging the Gap: King Then and Now | December 17, 2003

This year's University celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., "Bridging the Gap: King Then and Now," featured E. Lynn Brown as the keynote speaker on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Bellarmine Chapel. Brown is the presiding bishop of the Second District Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of the Kentucky, Ohio and Central Indiana regions.

The annual commemoration honors the life and work of King as the Xavier community gathers to admire and pay tribute to a man who believed in and practiced goodwill toward all men and women.

Brown was elected 46th bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1986. His current denominational responsibilities include chairman of the department of publication services and chairman of the economic development commission. Author of two published books, Brown is also the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

"He can bring a very strong message dealing with Christian principles and how these principles can be used for social justice," says Paul James, director of multicultural affairs at Xavier.

Joining the celebration were Pastor Peter Matthews, of St. Stephens A.M.E. Church of Evanston, and two University students who presented reflections on the life of Dr. King. The gospel choir also performed throughout the evening.

James says that in past years, the office of multicultural affairs has presented the play "Martin and Malcolm" to audiences of more than 400 people. This year, the office decided to make the evening a unique experience and feature Brown, who James says they knew was sure to deliver a powerful message as one of the nation's most dynamic speakers.

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