Scholar on Deep South to speak during MLK Week

(01-06-2012)

Once again, Adams State College will host a dynamic speaker, Wayne Flynt, to highlight Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Flynt's, free lecture "Southern Religion in Black and White: Race, Class, and Politics", begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Richardson Hall Auditorium.

A notable historian on the Deep South and professor at Auburn University, Flynt's most recent of eleven books, "Keeping the Faith", his memoir, recounts the story of how Flynt moved from social conservatism to civil rights activism.

Flynt's teaching career began at Samford University in 1965 where he extended his academic study of Southern history into the community, organizing both a tutoring program at all-black Rosedale High School and a voter registration drive among black Homewood residents. During his career, Flynt won some twenty teaching awards. Other honors include the University of Alabama's Hugo Black and Clarence Cason Awards; the Virginia Hamilton Award for publicizing Alabama history to a public audience; the Child Advocacy Award of the Alabama Chapter; and he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Distinguished Authors and the University of Alabama's Communications Hall of Fame.

Among his public service activities, Flynt was co-founder of the Alabama Poverty Project and Sowing Seeds of Hope (Perry County); served for a decade on the American Cancer Society's Committee on the Socioeconomically Disadvantaged; and served on the boards of Voices for Alabama's Children. He also serves on the board of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to eradicating poverty in the South.

Variety of Events

Along with Flynt's lecture, a variety of events are scheduled. The week's activities begin with the documentary, "Roads to Memphis" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Student Union Building. Dr. Ed Crowther, professor of history, will lecture on "Competing Visions in Civil Rights" starting at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Porter Hall room 130. Free pizza will be provided.

Tuesday through Friday, T-shirt sales will be ongoing in the SUB Solarium; an MLK Jr. Trivia Game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the SUB Solarium; a Michael Jackson Dance Video Game starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and at noon Thursday, Jan. 19, in the SUB Loft. A MLK Jr. Extravaganza including step dance, poetry and music, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 in Carson Auditorium.

In honor of MLK Jr., a Community Service Project is planned for Saturday, January 21. All interested volunteers are encouraged to meet at 1 p.m. in La Puente's Volunteer Office.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Joel Korngut at 719-587-8213.