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HPU Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Service Featuring Pastor Of D.C.-Based Metropolitan Baptist Church

01.18.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 18, 2010 – High Point University hosted a special service to honor the life and work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More than 300 people attended the Jan. 18 service, which was open to the university family and the community.

The annual event featured special guest speaker the Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks Jr., a Baton Rouge, La., native who now serves as the fifth minister in the 136-year history of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. ? a church that exceeds 6,000 members. Hicks, an honors graduate from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, is a recipient of the Rockefeller Protestant Fellowship. He was also selected as one of the original Martin Luther King Fellows at the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry in Theology degree. Additionally, he has degrees from Harvard Divinity School and George Washington University.

Hicks is also widely published in religious publications, and has authored five books. He was also honored as one of America’s “Fifteen Greatest African-American Preachers” by “Ebony Magazine” in 1993.

The service also featured music, provided by Dr. Louise Toppin, soprano, and the Genesis Gospel Choir. Toppin is an international performer and has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Sweden, England and Spain. She has recorded eight compact discs of American Music, and has produced CDs for Koch International and Albany Records. In addition to her performance schedule, Toppin is a professor of voice at East Carolina University and serves as the artistic director and president of the arts organization VIDEMUS.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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