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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Focuses on Justice

01.20.2014
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Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman serves as the featured speaker for HPU’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service.

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HPU’s Genesis Gospel choir performing at the service.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 20, 2014 – High Point University honored the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today with its annual worship service, which commemorated his life and work.

The service featured the Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, assistant research professor of Black Church Studies and director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School.

Turman’s sermon focused on justice, and the need for all to seek justice for any person marginalized for any reason, be it race, gender, economic status or political affiliation.

“Not only should we know justice, but we should be dripping justice,” said Turman.

She said it isn’t enough to go to worship services and read the Bible, but people need to go out and help others in need, and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

The service also included music from guest soloist Dr. Louise Toppin, chair of the Voice Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, and HPU’s Genesis Gospel choir.

While classes were canceled for students, HPU is recognizing this as a “Day On, Not Off.” More than 400 students and faculty volunteered more than 1,200 hours to the community today. The effort is part of the 100,000 hours that the HPU family contributes annually.

HPU President, Dr. Nido Qubein, acknowledged the hard work students are putting in today, and stressed HPU’s emphasis on giving back to our city at the start of today’s worship service.

“Moving onwards and upwards, we work together, hand in hand,” said Qubein.

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