Saint Mary’s College Celebrates MLK, “The Black Catholic Experience”

Saint Mary’s College in Moraga will host “Soulful and Sacred: Celebrating the Black Catholic Experience,” commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The evening of programming, based on an “Inspired” theme of the 2013 January Term Speaker Series, is free and open to the public and features a concert by Oakland’s St. Columba Catholic Church Gospel Choir, directed by one of the nation’s preeminent African American Catholic composers, Rawn Harbor. The event recognizes the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Saint Mary’s commitment to an inclusive campus community and the college’s sesquicentennial year. The guest speaker will be Rev. Edward Branch, the Catholic chaplain for the Lyke House at the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of historically Black colleges, who will present a lecture entitled “Black Catholic Voices,” about the distinctive journey of African American Catholics. The event will be held at the Soda Center, College Chapel, Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 St. Mary’s Rd. in Moraga.
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