MLK presentations scheduled Monday

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Whitman College with hold a vigil ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday. Participants will meet in Reid Campus Center foyer for a candlelight peace march. The march departs from the center and continues downtown, for a brief ceremony before returning to the campus for a post-march reception. Refreshments will be provided.

COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla University welcomes Charles Joseph for two presentations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

His first appearance will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the University Church, Fourth and Bade. He will present “My March With Martin Luther King Jr.,” which will chronicle his work with Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his work as a civil rights activist in Alabama, Mississippi and the south side of Chicago.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Joseph will be a member of a community panel discussion at the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the WWU campus. The presentation is entitled “Faith and Social Engagement.”

Other panel members will be Pedrito Maynard-Reid, WWU professor of biblical studies and missiology; Terrie Aamodt, WWU professor of history and English; Noah Levitt, Whitman College assistant dean for student engagement; the Rev. Adam Kirtley, First Congregational Church; and Emily Muthersbaugh, WWU student newspaper editor. Austin Archer, WWU professor of psychology and education, will serve as program host.

Both events are free.

Born July 30, 1936, in Centerville, Ala., Joseph completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and agriculture from Oakwood College and then earned a master of divinity degree from Andrews University and a doctor of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. He has served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor since 1962 and was president of the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 1977 to 1986.

Joseph’s sociopolitical activism on behalf of minorities and the poor began in the late 1950s and continues into the present. He worked for equal access to administrative advancement within the Chicago transit system in the late 1950s, and for the rights of all blacks while serving as the pastor of a poor, black Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Greenwood, Miss.

During the 1960s, he participated in several protest marches, including the Poor People’s March in 1968. It was during this period he became acquainted with Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other civil rights activists.

Joseph is first cousin-once-removed to Rosa Parks.

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