By Lookout Staff
January 12 -- The theme "True Peace is the Presence
of Justice" will be the subject of a multiethnic, interfaith
program to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in
Santa Monica Monday.
The free event -- which has become one of the largest and most
diverse celebrations of its kind in Southern California -- will
feature a keynote speech by the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter
Sr., as well as inspirational readings, music, and presentations
A widely celebrated speaker and a licensed
and ordained Baptist minister, Carter, who is dean of the
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse
College in Atlanta, was a 1994 Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.
He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in
1993 and 1996.
The celebration at the SGI, Inc. World Culture Auditorium, 525
Wilshire Boulevard, will begin at 9 a.m. and will be folllowed
by the Santa Monica Symphony's free Martin Luther King Commemorative
Concert at 2:30 p.m. at the same location.
Under the baton of Allen Gross, the symphony orchestra will perform
Adolphus Hailstork's Epitaph for Martin Luther King, William Grant
Still's Afro-American Symphony, Copland's Old American Songs and
The free event is coordinated by the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Westside Coalition, a nonprofit coalition whose missions are consistent
with King's legacy.
Carter has served as the first dean of the Martin Luther King
Jr. International Chapel since 1979 and is a tenured professor
of religion, as well as college curator. He is also an adjunct
professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in the Master of
Public Health Program.
For 45 years, Carter has studied and worked in 14 American universities,
colleges and professional schools; spoken at more than 80 colleges,
universities and seminaries; received more than 500 speaking engagements
from 18 denominations; and traveled to 33 foreign countries. He
has also made radio and television appearances throughout the
He holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg
in social science and psychology, a master's of divinity degree
in theology, a master's degree in pastoral care, and a doctorate
in pastoral care and counseling from Boston University.
He did further study at Andover Newton Theological School, Ohio
State University, Harvard University, Georgia State University,
New York University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Brown
University, Spelman College and George Washington University.
For more information about this event, call 310.434.4003.