Remembering the Visionary: Baylor Hosts Community Celebration and Chapel Service Jan. 20 Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • MLK Day Service
    Baylor University will host a community celebration and service honoring the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 20.
  • Remembering the Visionary
Jan. 16, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2013) -- The Waco, Central Texas and Baylor communities are invited to gather for a time of worship and reflection honoring the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, on the Baylor University campus.

The theme for this year's event is "Remembering the Visionary: 'We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe...bends towards justice.'"

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief rally on Speight Plaza (located between the Hankamer School of Business and Speight Avenue Parking Garage at the intersection of Fourth Street and Speight Avenue), followed by a candlelight march to Miller Chapel for a worship service at 6 p.m.

The service will feature music by local church and community choirs, an oratorical performance on the life of Dr. King and a message by Dr. Kerry Burkley, pastor of the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church of Waco. A reception will follow at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center.

The events are a collaboration of the Baylor School of Social Work, George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the Baylor Religion Department, with support from the Campus Diversity Committee.

For more information, contact Erma Ballenger, Ph.D., School of Social Work director of field education-advanced practice and faculty adviser to the MLK Student Planning Committee, at 254-710-6233 or at


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. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


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 three joint-degree options (MSW/Master of Business Administration, MSW/Master of Divinity and MSW/Master of Theological Studies) through a partnership with Baylor's Hankamer School of Business and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Visit to learn more.

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