JBU Welcomes Rev. Lawrence Ware to Speak in Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Rev. Lawrence Ware, assistant professor and diversity coordinator in the Department of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University (OSU), will speak on his involvement in racial reconciliation work in the church at 6:30 p.m. in the Simmons Great Hall to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas (Jan. 9, 2018) – In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, John Brown University welcomes Rev. Lawrence Ware, assistant professor and diversity coordinator in the Department of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University (OSU), to speak to the JBU community on Monday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. in the iconic Cathedral of the Ozarks and at 6:30 p.m. in the Simmons Great Hall. During the evening dinner, Dr. Rod Reed, university chaplain, will interview Ware about his involvement in racial reconciliation work in the church.

Ware, a co-director of the Africana Studies Program at OSU, teaches and lectures across the country on issues ranging from race to economic policy. Ware is a contributing writer to The New York Times, Slate Magazine and The Root and has been a commentator on race and politics for TV One, the Huffington Post Live and NPR.

“JBU is honored to welcome such a distinguished writer and thinker to celebrate and honor the memory and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Dr. Marquita Smith, JBU associate professor of journalism and coordinator of diversity relations, said. “Lawrence embodies the mission and heart of King’s work in promoting unity among Christ followers."

“JBU fosters an environment where students may engage in meaningful discussions, and we are excited and privileged to hear his perspective on religion and race,” Smith said.

Both events are open to the public. Dinner guests are welcome to purchase a meal in the JBU cafeteria.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

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