HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 11, 2011 — High Point University will host a service at 11 a.m. on Jan. 17 at Hayworth Chapel to celebrate the life and work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The service is open to the public.
The memorable annual event will feature Dr. Charles G. Adams and a celebration of music to honor the humanitarian. Adams, a distinguished speaker who has previously spoken at the United Nations and also did the Invocation at the funeral for Rosa Parks, has served as pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit since 1969. In 2007, he became the first William and Lucille Nickerson Professor of the Practice of Ethics and Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. 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.
Dr. Louise Toppin, soprano, and the Genesis Gospel Choir will provide the music for the service. 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 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.
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.
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