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Carleton College to Celebrate and Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 10, 2012

Carleton College will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a candlelight service of remembrance and celebration led by Reverend Oliver White, the senior pastor at St. Paul’s Grace Community United Church of Christ, and the Carleton Jubilee Singers. The service will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a soup supper.

Reverend Oliver White is the senior pastor at Grace Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul, Minn., a congregation that “strives to be a light of hope in a community where there are many needs. The main focuses of this ministry are homelessness, at-risk youth, and families living at or below the poverty level.” The church is the only predominantly Black church in the Minnesota Conference of the UCC, and seeks to be multiracial, multicultural, and open to all.

The Carleton College Jubilee Singers are a student vocal ensemble that takes inspiration from the model of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, performing a capella gospel music and traditional African-American spirituals. The choir’s director, Lawrence Burnett, is currently engaged in research on the histories of arrangers, composers, conductors, and performers who have maintained the traditions of African-American spirituals through the generations. He is the recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation to support work on a website to foster the performance and study of both published and unpublished choral compositions by African Americans.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Office of the Chaplain. For further information and disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4003 or contact jtruax@carleton.edu. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street, between College and Winona Streets, in Northfield.

Written by Alex Korsunsky '12