Remembering the Visionary: Baylor Groups Sponsor MLK Jr. Day Celebration and Worship Service Jan. 15

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Jan. 10, 2012

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A chapel service celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Miller Chapel in the Tidwell Bible Building on the Baylor University campus. The service will be preceded with a rally and candlelight march beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Speight Plaza and concluding at Miller Chapel.

A reception will follow immediately after the chapel service in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center next to Tidwell. The public is invited to attend all events.

The rally and chapel service theme is "Remembering the Visionary: Out of the Mountain of Despair: A Stone of Hope."

The events are a collaboration of the Baylor School of Social Work, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, the Baylor religion department and the Campus Diversity Committee.

The Rev. Nika L. J. Davis Sr., pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church, will give the chapel service message.

For more information, contact Erma Ballenger, director of field education-advanced practice at the Baylor School of Social Work and faculty advisor to the MLK Student Planning Committee, at 254-710-6233 or at Erma_Ballenger@baylor.edu.

About Baylor

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

About the Baylor School of Social Work

Established in 2005, the Baylor University School of Social Work is home to one of the leading graduate social work programs in the nation with a research agenda focused on the integration of faith and practice. Upholding its mission of preparing social workers in a Christian context for worldwide service and leadership, the School offers a baccalaureate degree (BSW), a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and two joint-degree options (MSW/Master of Divinity and MSW/Master of Theological Studies) through a partnership with Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Visit www.baylor.edu/social_work to learn more.

Media contact: Lori Fogleman, director of media communications, (254) 710-6275

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