Rev. Peters, friend and associate of MLK, Jr., to serve as Black History Month Speaker

On Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in French Memorial Chapel (800 N. Turner Ave.), the Reverend James D. Peters discuss his work in the 1960s civil rights movement. This Black History Month event, sponsored by the Hastings College Minority Student Union, is free and open to the public.

Rev. Peters, who also will serve as the guest speaker during the College’s 10 a.m. Chapel service that day, has spent his life dedicated to Christ and service. A pastor for Baptist churches in Virginia, Connecticut and Colorado before his 2006 retirement, he fought for racial equality as a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP). Through the organizations, Rev. Peters forged a personal friendship with the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

He earned degrees from the Washington Baptist Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. and Springfield College, Springfield, Mass. A Washington, DC-native, he is married to Lorene Lewis Peters.

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