Becoming the Beloved Community event to commemorate assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Published: April 01, 2021

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On Tuesday, April 6, Joan Harrell, journalism lecturer in the School of Communication and Journalism, will host an event to commemorate the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which took place on April 4, 1968.

"Becoming the Beloved Community: Black Sacred Music, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Church," will take place on zoom from 6-7:30 p.m. This event commemorates the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of King with special guests Rev. Otis Moss, Rev. Otis Moss III, Rosephanye Dunn-Powell and William Powell.

Moss Jr. is an American pastor, theologian, speaker, author and activist. His son, Moss III, is an author and senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ Chicago. Both men will take part of the event and engage in a dialogue contextualizing the legacy of the homiletical framework of Black sacred rhetoric. Moss Jr. was integrally involved with the Civil Rights Movement and a close friend of both Martin Luther King Sr., and his son, Martin Luther King Jr.

Rosephanye Dunn-Powell, professor of voice at Auburn University and William Powell, the Charles Barkley Endowed Professor of Music, give prominence to how African American spirituals and gospel played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Please register for this free event here.

For more information, contact Founder and Moderator of Becoming the Beloved Community Joan R. Harrell, journalism lecturer, Auburn University School of Communication and Journalism.

Submitted by: Victoria Santos