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The King and Faith Forum: We’re In This Together

Sunday, January 20 @ 4:15 pm

This panel discussion was moderated by Aaron Grizzell and featured the Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White, the Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble and the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, presented in partnership with The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation.


Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.

 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., 31 March 1968

About the Panelists

The Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served on the faculty at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Graduate Division of Religion, and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. An ordained American Baptist minister, White specializes in constructive Christian theology, especially womanist theology and postmodern religious thought with research interests in theologies of otherness, doctrine of God, theological anthropology, and the relationship between philosophy and theology. She is a recipient of the Lilly Theological Research Faculty Fellowship from The Association of Theological Schools and The Louisville Institute Book Grant for Minority Scholars, both awarded for her research culminating in the forthcoming monograph The Scandal of Flesh: Black Women’s Bodies and God Politics. White is Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion.

About the Moderator

Dr. Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he is now Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History and Ronnie Lott Founding Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Carson’s publications include In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, Malcolm X: The FBI File and a memoir, Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Carson also served as senior advisor for the award-winning public television series Eyes on the Prize and has participated in the making of numerous other documentaries. The audio version of Carson’s edition of the autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. won a GRAMMY award. Carson has also written a musical play, Passages of Martin Luther King, which was first performed by Stanford’s drama department, and has since had productions in China and Palestine.


Sunday, January 20
4:15 pm
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