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Martin Luther King Jr. Week Events

collage of martin luther king and civil rights photos with focus on martin in a thinking postThe annual MLK celebration kicks off on Monday, January 16, 2017. Throughout the week, we will explore themes of empowerment, advocacy and peacemaking--elements apparent in King's dream in the quest for equality.

These events are free and open to all Elizabethtown College students, faculty and staff. 

E-town MLK Events 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Legacy Event at Mosaic House. 6:30 p.m. Refreshments included.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • MLK, Jr Speaker: Rev. H. Dean Trulear, Associate Professor of Applied Theology (see bio below) 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Location KAV
  • Lunch with Dr. Trulear 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. (Lunch is bring your own and location Tower Room)
  • Diversity Awareness Program: Justin Brown at Steinman 114 (BLR) 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (students only)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • King’s Dream by Key Arts Production 11a.m. at  KAV--Live performance in song and narration with film footage depicting the historical roots and social implications that led the era of social unrest in America in the sixties.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • Panel Discussion: What Am I Contributing to the Common Good? 7 p.m. Location: Hoover 110
    • Jonathon Rudy, Peacemaker-in-Residence, Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, Elizabethtown College
    • Dr. Joyce M. Davis , President/ CEO, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
    • Conrad Moore, Roots of Justice

Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Poetry Slam w/ Rap Session sponsored by NOIR at Mosaic House
  • Selma (movie) at Mosaic House 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Susquehanna Museum of Art – guided tour of African American Art since 1950 w/ lunch to follow at the Broad Street Market; transportation and lunch provided. 10 a.m. departure from Elizabethtown College. If you are planning to attend please sign up here. Final details will be emailed to all who sign up on Friday January 20th.


Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Applied Theology
Howard University School of Divinity

Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D., has served as Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University School of Divinity since 2003. He currently teaches Prophetic Ministry, Ethics and Politics, Ministry and Criminal Justice, and Church and Community Studies.  Dr. Trulear was named a “Leading with Conviction Fellow” for 2017 by JustLeadership USA, the nation’s premier institution for formerly incarcerated community leaders.

He directs a national research and demonstration project called "Healing Communities," mobilizing congregations to support those returning from incarceration through the establishment of family and social support networks. With Charles Lewis and W. Wilson Goode, he is co-editor of the book Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward (Judson Press 2011).

His administrative experience includes Dean for First Professional Programs at New York Theological Seminary (1990-96) and Vice President for Faith Based Initiatives at Public/Private Ventures (1998-2001). He also served as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and he is currently a pastoral associate at Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Philadelphia.

Dr. Trulear has lectured for university, church and professional organizations across the country, including Fuller Theological Seminary, Rice University, Baylor University, Tuskegee University, Southern University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Princeton University, the American Baptist Churches/USA, Eastern Region/American Correctional Chaplains Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.  His current professional associations include the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association, Just Leadership USA and Community Corrections for Youth.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College (1975), he completed his Ph.D. with distinction at Drew University (1983). Dr. Trulear is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, essays and published sermons. His important monographs include "Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth," "The African American Church and Welfare Reform," and "George Kelsey: Unsung Hero."

Through his research and activism he has been named a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC, and served as a consultant to the Faith and Families portfolio of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2014, Dr. Trulear was named as one of “14 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress. From 2013-16 he served as a member of the Executive Session on Community Corrections at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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