Feb. 7 - King Celebration at Claremont to Feature Marla F. Frederick


Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 4:22PM

Feb. 7 - King Celebration at Claremont to Feature Marla F. Frederick Dr. Marla F. Frederick, renowned author and professor of African and African American Studies and of Religion at Harvard University, is the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr., lecturer at Claremont School of Theology. All are welcome to the event on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in Mudd Theater.

Dr. Marla F. Frederick, renowned author and professor of African and African American Studies and of Religion at Harvard University, is the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr., lecturer at Claremont School of Theology. All are welcome to the event on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in Mudd Theater.

A prominent cultural anthropologist, Frederick’s research interests include questions emerging from the intersections of religion, race, gender, media, politics, and economics. She is currently completing "Colored Television: Religion, Media and Racial Uplift in the Black Atlantic World," which examines how African American and African-descended producers, distributors, and consumers of religious broadcasting approach religion. It addresses concerns related to the rise of prosperity ministries in poor communities as well as the dramatically increasing numbers of African American religious broadcasters. She is also co-authoring a manuscript entitled "Televised Redemption," which examines how Black Muslims, Christians, and Hebrew Israelites make use of media in the strategic deployment of their views of social uplift.

"Dr. Frederick is a fascinating speaker and innovative thinker who is sure to challenge us with her insights," says Rev. Dr. Jerry D. Campbell, president of the School. "We are privileged for her to contribute to the legacy of this remarkable event at Claremont."

Frederick is the author of Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith, which explores the complex lives and faith commitments of women in rural North Carolina. Her co-authored book, Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests and Private Politics, won the 2008 Best Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. She earned her B.A. from Spelman College and her Ph.D. from Duke University. She has served as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion, a visiting scholar at the Interdenominational Theological Center and a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The National Science Foundation, the Milton Fund, and the Louisville Institute have funded her research.

Claremont’s King Day Celebration also includes a special worship service at 11:20 a.m. in Kresge Chapel featuring Claremont alumnus Rev. Dr. Arthur Cribbs (D.Min. 2009). He is Executive Director of CLUE-CA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, California), and previously was pastor of San Marino Congregational Church, UCC. Before that he served as Executive Director of Communications at UCC’s national offices, and has extensive broadcasting experience. Immediately following the service there will be a luncheon with Dr. Cribbs in Haddon Center. Advanced reservations are required to PASA@cst.edu, and the cost is $7.50 for the public and $5 for students with student IDs.

Following the lecture by Dr. Frederick, the annual MLK dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Haddon Center. Advanced reservations for the dinner are also required: $12.50 for the public and $6 for students with student IDs. To reserve, please email PASA@cst.edu or call Janis Brown at (909) 447-6335.


Pre-Celebration Events

A variety of events will lead up to the Feb. 7 King Celebration:

King Day of Service

“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

The King Day of Service offers a variety of opportunities for service in various locations. You may volunteer for as little as two (2) hours to a full day. April Jackson is serving as the coordinator. Please sign up by contacting April at april.jackson@cst.edu

Jan. 16 - Central City Community Outreach, 419 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2407
Volunteer Job Description: Organizing removing office materials from 1st floor to 3rd floor, sorting donated goods, cleaning etc.. Please bring a lunch and water since we will work from 10 am-1pm.

Jan. 16 – Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.
Volunteer job description: The primary work will be spraying the outside of the buildings to get rid of loose dirt and cobwebs and cleaning out leaves and refuse from various places on the grounds. 9:30 am to 1:00pm. Bring gloves and a rake, if you can.

Feb. 3 - The campus King Day of Service will be a campus clean-up project. Volunteers can sign up to work between 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3. Lunch will be provided by Community Life!

More opportunities are being scheduled. Please check this website for updated information about additional days of service and other King Celebration events.


Voice Your Dream

Campus and community members are encouraged to build on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by voicing their own dreams. There will be a moving CST Dream Wall for you to post your dreams, with locations noted on CST’s Facebook. Local churches will also have Dream Walls and can send photos of their posts to mlk@cst.edu. The dreams will be collected and displayed at the Chapel for the King worship service on Feb. 7.


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