Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrated with Inspirational Service

Jan 17th, 2012

Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrated with Inspirational Service

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 16, 2012 – High Point University celebrated the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday with its inspirational annual service held in the Hayworth Chapel on campus.

The service featured the Rev. Dr. Tyrone Gordon, who serves as the senior pastor of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas. Gordon, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop College and an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Baker University, was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers in 2011. He has also been awarded the prestigious Denman Evangelism Award, which is reserved for those who have exhibited outstanding efforts in evangelism by faithfully carrying out the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Also taking part in the service was 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.

“We take this time each year to honor Dr. King on this special day of remembrance,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for Community Relations at HPU. “Our students, faculty, staff and the High Point community always look forward to the messages of hope and peace offered by our guest speakers at the service.”

Also in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students in HPU’s Volunteer Center will complete a service project later this month by preparing and serving a meal to 200 people at Open Door Ministries in High Point.

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 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. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 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

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist