HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 5, 2016 – High Point University will host its annual service of worship in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. The service is open to the public; tickets are not required. It will also be streamed live at www.highpoint.edu/live.
This annual service of worship celebrates the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each year the service features noteworthy clergy and scholars from across the country. This year, the Rev. Prince Raney Rivers will deliver an inspirational message of hope and peace.
Since being called as the senior pastor of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in 2005, Rivers has provided innovative Christian leadership in developing new and enhancing existing ministries. Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, the church provides a thriving ministry for its congregation and the surrounding neighborhood.
Rivers also serves on the board of directors of The Downtown Winston Salem Partnership, General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Inc., and the Board of Visitors of Winston-Salem State University. He is the co-chair of The Forsyth Promise, a community-wide initiative to promote excellence “from cradle to career.”
The Genesis Gospel Choir will provide music for the service. Kappa Alpha Psi, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Black Cultural Awareness will serve as worship leaders and greeters.
Following the service, a reception will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Sechrest Art Gallery of Hayworth Fine Arts Center featuring the exhibition, “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America,” which will be on display at HPU through March 3.
Visitors are encouraged to enter campus through the welcome center at the intersection of University Parkway and Montlieu Avenue. Parking will be available for community members behind Hayworth Fine Arts Center.
HPU is also organizing a full lineup of events in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a Day of Service for students and the entire community featuring dozens of opportunities to serve the city. In 2015, more than 600 HPU students and faculty contributed 1,500 hours of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – part of the 100,000 hours of service the university contributes annually.
For a full schedule of events and to sign up to serve, visit http://www.highpoint.edu/servicelearning/mlk-day.