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Diversity Champ's Bronxville Talk Kicks Off Black History Celebrations

Dr. Napoleon Peoples, a leader in the area of cross-cultural relationships, will be lecturing at Concordia College in Bronxville on the legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and how it relates to an anxious post-election world.
Dr. Napoleon Peoples, a leader in the area of cross-cultural relationships, will be lecturing at Concordia College in Bronxville on the legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and how it relates to an anxious post-election world. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – With all the anger, fear, confusion and anxiety roiling the country, an examination of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and what it means in a post-election climate couldn’t be more timely, say several Bronxville educators.

Concordia College’s president, Dr. Rev. John A. Nunes, announced this week that a mover and shaker in the area of cross-cultural relationships will be giving a lecture of the great civil rights leader’s teachings.

Dr. Napoleon Peoples will also lead a discussion on the transformation from civil rights to human rights as it relates to King’s work.

The event will kick off Black History Month celebrations at the college.

Peoples held various roles during his 45-year tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University, the last being as its associate dean of students.

His talk “comes at a critical time for our students and our community as our nation’s gaze is fixed on issues concerning social justice, human rights, and peace,” said Dr. Mandana Nakhai, Concordia’s vice provost of academic affairs.

Nunes said he couldn’t agree more that legacies, such as the civil rights movement of the 1960s, need “on-going reimagination, constructive critique and innovative application in order remain vital.”

“This dialogue with Dr. Peoples goes a long way towards that end,” Nunes added.

“Ideas of reform and revolution are certainly on the minds of many people today in this post-election climate,” said the college’s provost, Dr. Sherry Fraser.

Reactions around the country, she said, have ranged from anger and confusion to fear and uncertainty.

The upcoming examination of King’s teachings is, she added, “timely” and “will likely lead to interesting and valuable dialogue with the audience.”

Dr. Peoples will be appearing as part of the school’s Jacobson Global Lecture Series.

The program is free, but there are a limited number of spots left, the college said.

It will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the college’s Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.

For more information, contact Concordia at (914) 337-9300, or click here .

To reserve tickets, click here.

The college is located at 171 White Plains Road.

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