A public program at Wake Forest honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held today at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel. The service will feature an address by the Rev. John Thomas Porter, a pastor and long-time associate of the late civil rights activist, and music by the Wake Forest Gospel Choir. Porter, who is the pastor of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., is known throughout Alabama for his work within the clergy and civil rights. He is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives and currently serves on numerous boards of directors, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Tony Campolo, the evangelical author and TV show co-host who meets monthly with President Clinton to discuss the government’s policy for the nation’s inner cities, will be the Founders’ Day Convocation speaker Thursday, Jan. 22, at Wake Forest University. The 11 a.m. lecture in Wait Chapel, “Glancing Backward, Looking Forward: The Intersection of Culture & Religion,” is part of Wake Forest’s 1997-98 Year of Religion in American Life. Campolo’s organization, The Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, has more than 30 programs for inner-city youth. The programs are staffed with the help of college students, who take a year off from their studies to volunteer. His books include, “The Kingdom of God is a Party,” “Is Jesus a Republican or a Democrat?” and “Twenty Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to Touch.”
The Governor’s Summit on Volunteerism, Jan. 21-22, will launch 1998 as The Year of the Volunteer in North Carolina. Wake Forest’s coordinator of volunteer services, Paige Wilbanks, and Cynthia Cox, a Wake Forest University junior, will attend the Greensboro event. They can discuss trends in volunteerism among college students and offer comments on the importance of the summit.
During the winter break, a group of 11 Wake Forest students traveled to India to volunteer at three homes for the poor established by Mother Teresa in Calcutta. Although Mother Teresa died in September, the work of her Missionaries of Charity continues. The students, who returned from India Sunday, spent two weeks working at the Khalighat Home for the Dying and Destitute; Prem Dan, a home for the mentally and physically handicapped; and the Shishu Bhavan orphanage.
Two exhibits, one featuring the work of four new Wake Forest University faculty artists and another titled “Divine Inspiration: Religious Prints from the Wake Forest University Collection,” will open Friday, Jan. 16, with a reception. From 7-9 p.m, the faculty artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
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