Change Agent and Diversity Champion Dr. Napoleon Peoples Kicks off Black History Month Celebrations at Concordia College | Jacobson Global Lecture | 1/25 | 7pm

January 19, 2017


“In his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a great nation that “will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘that all men are created equal.’”
Dr. Peoples’ lecture comes at a critical time for our students and our Community as our nation’s gaze is fixed on issues concerning social justice, human rights, and peace.” –
Dr. Mandana Nakhai, Concordia College Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

Dr. Napoleon Peoples will give the Spring 2017 Jacobson Global Lecture, “A Conversation on the Reform and Revolution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Work”, at Concordia's Sommer Center on January 25 at 7pm.  Dr. Peoples is Professor Emeritus, Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Peoples will lead a discussion on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the transformation from civil rights to human rights as it relates to Dr. King’s work.

"Legacies, like the civil rights revolution of the 1960s, require on-going reimagination, constructive critique and innovative application in order remain vital. This dialogue with Dr. Peoples goes a long way towards that end,” stated Concordia College President, Rev. John A. Nunes, Ph.D.

A 45-year veteran of Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Peoples has received numerous awards for his contributions in the areas of cross-cultural relations both on campus and in the greater Richmond community.

“Ideas of reform and revolution are certainly on the minds of many people today in this post-election climate.  Reactions around the country range from anger, confusion, fear, and uncertainty,” said Concordia College Provost, Dr. Sherry Fraser. “Our upcoming discussion on the teachings of Dr. King is timely and will likely lead to interesting and valuable dialogue with the audience.”

The Jacobson Global Lecture Series, started in 1990, honors the late Dr. David C. Jacobson, former Provost and Professor of Philosophy at Concordia College. This program complements the College’s ongoing efforts to integrate global perspectives into its curricular and co-curricular programs.  Since its inception, this program has featured a number of distinguished speakers from diverse international fields who have enlightened the community on timely global topics.

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