Mark your calendars for January 14, 2010 as the Fisk Family will welcome alumnus Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin (’74) as convocation speaker during the annual MLK Convocation at 10 a.m. in Fisk Memorial Chapel. Since 1990, Dr. Flippin has served as the senior pastor of the Greater PineyGrove Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Under Dr. Flippin’s leadership, over 100 ministers and deacons have been licensed and ordained and the church’s membership has grown to over 6000. Through outreach ministries such as The Pearl Initiative and The Elijah Network, Dr. Flippin and his congregation continue to provide and advocate ethical leadership and service in the local and global communities.
Since 1985, Fisk University has commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As the civil rights era gained momentum in the late 1950’s, Dr. King gave the first of many civil rights speeches in Fisk’s Memorial Chapel. King’s appearances at Fisk called attention to an active student body already engaged in non-violent combat against racism. Even before activists in the early 1980s worked to gain a national holiday for Dr. King, Fisk was one of the first Nashville institutions to hold commemorative events in King’s honor.
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