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Peace and Justice Key Themes at King Day Celebration Monday

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 of scholarships.

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 traditional spirituals.

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 world.

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.




"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law." Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."


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