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HPU Features Distinguished Speaker for Annual MLK Service

01.17.2011

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 17, 2011 — High Point University celebrated the life and work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual service in his honor. This year’s service featured distinguished speaker Dr. Charles G. Adams, a well known pastor who has previously spoken at the United Nations and also did the Invocation at the funeral for Rosa Parks. Sen. Kay Hagan was also a special guest at the service.
To see the MLK Service in its entirety, click here or visit http://www.highpoint.edu/chapel/mlk.

Adams, who has served as pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit since 1969, became the first William and Lucille Nickerson Professor of the Practice of Ethics and Ministry at Harvard Divinity School in 2007. He also received the coveted Rabbi Marvin Katsenstein Award in 1992 from the Harvard Divinity School. In 2005, he addressed the “Million More Family Rally,” in Washington, D.C.

Also taking part in the day of remembrance was Dr. Louise Toppin, who, along with the Genesis Gospel Choir, provided a celebration of music for the service. Toppin, a soprano, is an international performer who 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 and chair of the Voice Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as the artistic director and president of the arts organization VIDEMUS.

Apart from the annual chapel service, students at HPU took the day to celebrate the life of King by participating in a number of service projects, sponsored by the Volunteer Center.

This year, students participated in projects that reach out to children by making baby blankets, knitting scarves and creating custom coloring books that benefitted World Relief and Volunteers in Mission in Guatemala.

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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 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 highpoint.edu.

Chris Dudley
Vice President for Administration
336-841-4530
cdudley@highpoint.edu

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