Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Evening of Reflection
January 17, 2020 5:00 p.m. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium FALS Event

Victoria A. Smalls, Director of History, Art, Culture, and Program Development at the Penn Center of St. Helena, will speak about how the Penn Center served as a spiritual retreat for Dr. King and other members of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, Judge Matthew J. Perry Distinguished Chair of History at Clemson University, will speak about the time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent at the Penn Center and his tutelage under Dr. Benjamin Mays at Morehouse College in Atlanta.  Dr. William J. Harris, Assistant Professor of History at Presbyterian College,  will speak about King’s leadership of the civil rights movement.  The program will focus on Dr. King as a person, not just a leader, and highlight the connections of his story to South Carolina and to Greenwood County native Dr. Mays.

This event is free and open to the community.

This event is sponsored by Lander’s Department of History and Philosophy as well as the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Preservation Site.


Students seeking FALS credit must provide a valid Lander ID when attending this event.  
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Witherspoon