About Us

The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation is very pleased to present the 2017 King & Faith Lectures.
This annual lecture series is part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events held yearly in San Francisco each January and is part of our goal of engaging the wider scholarly, theological, clerical and lay communities in contemporary contemplation of Dr. King, his message, and his symbology. Ultimately, the King & Faith Lectures seek to highlight, through collective engagement, the power of wholeness and healing in the personal and shared contexts.

About The Lectures

The King & Faith Lectures are designed to create a space to critique, analyze and thoughtfully question assumptions about King and faith, King and community, and King and society. The lecture series looks to ignite greater dialogue and programs of action that will infuse “where we go from here.” Key questions about freedom, liberation and mission within the present global paradigm will bring to the forefront the tensions that emerge when confronted with the need to make space for those voices that speak against erasure, simplification, and displacement of the cultural narratives that a truly democratic society needs to survive.

  • Engage with leading theologians on the religious tradition of King
  • Dialogue with leading liberation and black theology scholars
  • Take part in a global discussion with African and Caribbean theologians
  • Glean from Womanist scholars on clarifying perspectives and scholarship in the field

1/13 - 2/19
2017

San Francisco
USA

Free

Renown
Speakers

Presenting Theologians & Scholars

Dwight N. Hopkins is a constructive theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, various forms of liberation theologies (especially black and other third-world manifestations), and East-West cross-cultural comparisons. Professor Hopkins is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, economic, and interpretive methods. His latest works are Teaching Global Theologies;The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology; Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion; Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Church and Theological Education; Another World Is Possible: Spiritualities and Religions of Global Darker Peoples; Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic (coeditor); Heart and Head: Black Theology-Past, Present, and Future; Introducing Black Theology of Liberation; Down, Up and Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology; and Black Faith and Public Talk: Essays in Honor of James Cone's Black Theology and Black Power (editor). His previous texts include Black Theology USA and South Africa: Politics, Culture, and Liberation; Shoes That Fit Our Feet: Sources for a Constructive Black Theology; and We Are One Voice: Essays on Black Theology in South Africa and the USA (coeditor). He is an editor of Religions/Globalizations: Theories and Cases; Changing Conversations: Religious Reflection and Cultural Analysis; and Liberation Theologies, Postmodernity and the Americas. Professor Hopkins is senior editor of the Henry McNeil Turner/Sojourner Truth Series in Black Religion (Orbis Books). He is an ordained American Baptist minister.

Dr. Dwight Hopkins

HOST SCHOLAR
Professor of Theology
University of Chicago
Divinity School

Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he is now Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History and Ronnie Lott Founding Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.
During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Dr. Carson participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of his subsequent writings reflect his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity within the African-American freedom struggle. Carson's publications include In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981); Malcolm X: The FBI File(1991); The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans (2005, 2010, co-author); and a memoir, Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013).
In 1985 the late Coretta Scott King invited Dr. Carson to direct a long-term project to edit and publish an authoritative edition of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Under Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.In 2005 Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the work of the King Papers Project.
Dr. Carson also served as senior advisor for the award-winning, public television series on the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize (1986, 1990). In addition, he has participated in the making of numerous other documentaries, including Freedom on My Mind (1994), which was nominated for an Oscar in 1995, Blacks & Jews (1997), Citizen King (2004), Have You Heard from Johannesburg? a multipart documentary about the international campaign against apartheid in South Africa, Freedom Riders (2011), and Black Panther: Vanguard of a Revolution (2015). The audio version of Carson's edition of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. won a Grammy award in 2000. In addition to his regular courses at Stanford, Carson also teaches an online open enrollment course, American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carson has also written a musical play, "Passages of Martin Luther King," which was first performed by Stanford's drama department in 1993. The international premiere of "Passages" was produced in 2007 by the National Theatre of China. In 2012 the Palestinian National Theatre performed an Arabic vision of "Passages" in East Jerusalem and other Palestinian communities. In 2014, a documentary, El Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (2013),recounted the difficult process of bringing King's nonviolent message to the Middle East.
In addition to his years of teaching at Stanford, Dr. Carson also taught at the UCLA, the University of California, Berkeley, American University, Emory University, Morehouse College, and l'école des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He has lectured throughout the United States and in many other nations, including China, India, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Jamaica, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and France. He has appeared on many national radio and television shows, such as Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fresh Air, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, and Marketplace.

Dr. Clayborne Carson

Director
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor
Stanford University

Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble’s currently teaches in the MDiv, MCL, and DMin curriculum. Her approach integrates a Womanist theological method and constructive theological lens for practical application to leadership ethics, organizational development, social justice advocacy, and community development. Her spiritual vision and passion is to engage and train clergy and lay leaders as spiritual change agents.
She holds memberships in the American Academy of Religion (AAR) – Womanist Theology /Ethics Group and Practical Theology Group; the Golden Key International Honor Society (Leadership & Organizational Change); PICO National Prophetic Women’s Voices Initiative (consulting leader in organizational formation); Women of Color in Ministry National Network; and Ministers Council, ABC-USA.

Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble

Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Practical Theology
American Baptist Seminary of the West

The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. He was installed as bishop in 2006 — a position of oversight for a diocese comprised of 27,000 communicants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, and the cities of Los Altos and part of Palo Alto. Prior to his election as Bishop of California, Andrus served as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.
Marc Handley Andrus was born on October 20, 1956, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Mary Frances and Francis Andrus, and was raised in Kingston, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1979, and a Masters in Social Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg in 1982. After receiving his masters degree, Andrus went to work as a regional planner for the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission on Virginia's Delmarva Peninsula.
In 1987, Andrus was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. After being ordained deacon on June 20, 1987, Andrus became senior associate at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. While at Church of the Redeemer, Andrus was ordained priest on April 25, 1988. In 1990, Andrus became Chaplain at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, until 1997 when he became Rector of Emmanuel Church in Middleburg, Virginia. He remained rector of Emmanuel until his consecration as Bishop Suffragan for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama on February 7, 2002.
His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, climate change, civil rights for LBGT persons, and health care. An example of his local engagement includes co-chairing a community-wide planning process for rebuilding St. Luke’s hospital in San Francisco. Bishop Andrus serves on the boards of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, California Pacific Medical Center, Episcopal Charities, the Episcopal School for Deacons, Episcopal Community Services, and the American Bach Soloists, among other foundations.
Andrus is married to Sheila Andrus, Ph.D., former director of the Sparkman Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health, and they have two adult daughters: Chloé and Pilar.

Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus

Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese
of California

Commissioner Christian is an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office where she is currently assigned to the Behavioral Health Court, a collaborative, multidisciplinary court providing treatment and rehabilitation for people whose offenses are tied to mental illness. She is a member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Commissioner Christian received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. A former Co-Chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Ms. Christian has also served on the boards of directors for Walden House, the Transgender Law Center and the Service Members Legal Defense Network, the national organization which led the legislative, legal and lobbying effort to fully repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". As a Commissioner, Ms. Christian's primary interests include reform of the criminal justice system so that it no longer substitutes for meaningful responses to the effects of social inequality.

Susan Belinda Christian, Esq.

Chair
San Francisco
Human Rights Commission

Al Letson is the host of Reveal's Peabody Award-winning public radio program and podcast showcasing investigative stories. Letson is a playwright, performance poet and actor. He also is the host and executive producer of “State of the Re:Union,” a public radio program airing on more than 200 stations. In each episode, “State of the Re:Union” travels to an American city or town to tell stories about the people and explore how communities are being created. The program won a 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award in the news documentary category. Letson divides his time between Jacksonville, Florida, and Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

Al Letson

Host
Reveal
Public Radio Program

Since last April (2016), Brian Watt has been the Morning News Anchor for KQED. Prior to that, Brian was a reporter with Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), in Los Angeles, for nine years. Most recently he covered the working and entrepreneurship beat. Before joining SCPR, he worked as a producer for the Marketplace Morning Report. Brian’s work has won several awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Radio Television News Association of Southern California and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Before dedicating himself full-time to journalism, Brian gained deep experience in the arts and politics. In 1998, he earned a masters in theater from the Sorbonne Theater Studies Institute in Paris. As an actor, he appeared on TV shows including The West Wing and The District and performed in France, Italy, Poland and Brazil, and even filmed a movie in Budapest, Hungary. He also worked on some historic political campaigns. After graduating from Yale in 1990, Brian served as a personal assistant to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford before becoming campaign manager for his father Mel Watt’s successful congressional campaign to become the first African American elected to Congress from North Carolina.

Brian Watt

Morning News Anchor
KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM

Oba T'Shaka was a Full Professor at San Francisco State University, where he taught between 1972 and 2010, and where he served as Chairperson of the Black Studies Department between 1984-1996. He holds a Ph.D., in Philosophy from the Western Institute of Social Research in Berkeley. As Chairperson of Black Studies, T'Shaka provided academic leadership to the department, which led to the development of an African-Centered discipline that includes the natural sciences, (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics) into the core discipline of Black Studies. He also led the move to define African Philosophy as the foundation of the Black Studies discipline. Dr. T'Shaka has mastery of seven disciplines; African Philosophy, African American Culture, Strategy, Black Political Movements, African and African American Leadership traditions and systems, African and African American Family Paradigms, and African and African American systems of Instruction (Pedagogy or Seba).
Between 1990-1992, T'Shaka, as a scholar-activist, successfully aided his colleagues in thwarting an effort by the right-wing Hoover Institute to destroy the Black Studies Department.
Dr. Oba T'Shaka is the author of five books, each of which is considered a Masterwork. His first book grew out of his organizing in the Civil Rights Movement, entitled The Political Legacy of Malcolm X. Oba T'Shaka heard Malcolm X's wife speak in 1966 in San Francisco's Hunters Point, where she said that the FBI had pressured Alex Haley to delete key chapters from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The Art of Leadership, Volume one and two listed below are 898 pages, and are the only books in the modern world to day on African and American Leadership traditions and systems. These two volumes are used in Black Studies Departments, seminary programs, churches and community organizations around the world. T'Shaka's fourth book, Return To The African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality, is considered by scholars to be a classic because it is the only book to accurately define the paradigm for African and African American families. This is a paradigm that will provide balance for Black and non –Black male-female relationships. Dr. T'Shaka's fifth book The Integration Trap: The Generation Gap, Caused by a Choice Between Two Cultures, explains what has gone wrong in Black families, communities and nations since 1968. T'Shaka shows that since 1968 powerful hostile forces have hit Black communities and African nations causing them to "choose between two cultures, one African American and one European American. This book examines African and African American culture in-depth to rescue African communities and African nations globally.

Dr. Oba T'Shaka

Emeritus Professor
Black Studies
San Francisco State University

Haregu Gaime, originally from Eritrea, was nurtured and raised in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Educated by the excellent academic institutions found in the Bay Area, Gaime graduated with degrees in African American Studies and History from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her J.D. at the University of San Francisco School of Law. During her studies, she traveled to Eritrea and attended the University of Asmara while volunteering for a year and half. Furthering her global experience, in 2005 she spent time in South Africa conducting comparative research on the institutionalizing of laws and the effects it has on people. Her research compared the effects of Jim Crow laws in the U.S. to those of the apartheid in South Africa, and underscored the impact that laws can have in altering perceptions of right and wrong behaviors. In 2009, Gaime opened her own law practice, specializing in immigration law and asylum work and serving immigrants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She is a tireless and passionate advocate for civil and immigrant rights and works to bridge language and generational gaps in the community.

Haregu Gaime, Esq.

Vice Chair
San Francisco
Immigrant Rights Commission

Loran Simon is assistant director of Recruitment, Admissions, and Community Partnerships at the San Francisco Teacher Residency, a non-profit organization that offers aspiring educators the opportunity to help transform lives and communities in San Francisco through the teaching profession. Loran is a native of San Francisco and attended San Francisco’s public schools. Prior to joining the San Francisco Teacher Residency, Loran was a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. Loran is also the founder of The California Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at ending generational poverty, crime and violence in at-risk communities. As a Policy Intern with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Loran worked on then-District Attorney Kamala D. Harris’ truancy, education, and community initiatives. Loran is also featured in the documentary American Teacher. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Loran is a member of the State Bar of California and a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Loran Simon, Esq.

Assistant Director
San Francisco
Teacher Residency

Hanna Wodaje is a senior at San Francisco State University and is majoring in Africana Studies. She identifies as a Black American with an Eritrean and Ethiopian background. She served as co-chair for the Black Student Union and as Assistant Director for the Women’s Center. She has played a significant role as community and student activist in the Bay Area and has dedicated her life’s purpose to the complete liberation of her community, through advocating for restorative justice in every platform.

Hanna Wodaje

Co-Chair
Black Student Union
San Francisco State University

We dedicate the 2017 King & Faith Lectures to the late Dr. James Anthony Noel, who died on January 31, 2016.
James Noel was the co-founder of the lecture series and a highly respected scholar and theologian. He was a distinguished member of the San Francisco Theological Seminary faculty as the H. Eugene Farlough Chair of African American Christianity, Professor of American Religion, a core doctoral Professor of History at the Graduate Theological Union and Convener of the Graduate Theological Union’s Black Church/Africana Studies Certificate Program.
The work of Dr. Noel centered on:
-African-American religion as the substance of a kind of meta-identity emerging in response to the trauma, degradation, violence, and injustice of enslavement and the long-term impact of slavery on western societies;

-Charles Long’s phenomenology of the material;

-The Atlantic World as the space of historic exchanges involving black bodies; and

-Implications of these things for Christianity, society, and African-American and Womanist theology and spiritual life.

Dr. James Anthony Noel

IN MEMORIAM
H. Eugene Farlough, Jr. Chair of
African American Christianity
San Francisco Theological Seminary

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Event Schedule
(subject to update and expansion)

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King & Faith Speaker Reception
Invitation Only

Location
TBD

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Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Reception

Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
466 Via Ortega, Cypress Hall D
Stanford

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MLK Memorial Service

Stanford Memorial Church
Stanford University
Stanford

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Howard Thurman Homily

Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples
2041 Larkin Street
San Francisco

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MLK Interfaith Evensong

Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco

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King & Faith Conversation

Where Do We Go From Here?
Gresham Hall
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco

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King & Faith Reflection*

MLK2017 Labor & Community Breakfast
Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco *ticketed event

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MLK2017 March

Caltrain Station (start)
4th & Townsend Streets
San Francisco

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MLK2017 Interfaith Commemoration

Yerba Buena Gardens
750 Howard St.
San Francisco

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King & Faith Conversation

Where Do We Go From Here? - pt. 2
Gresham Hall
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco

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King & Faith Lecture

Where Do We Go From Here? - pt. 3
Gresham Hall
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco

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Absalom Jones/Richard Allen Service

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave
Oakland

Event Partners (subject to update)

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The King & Faith Lectures is lecture program designed to engage the wider scholarly, theological, clerical and lay communities in contemporary contemplation of Dr. King, his message, and his symbology. The lecture series looks to ignite greater dialogue and programs of action that will infuse “where we go from here.” Key questions about freedom, liberation and mission within the present global paradigm will bring to the forefront the tensions that emerge when confronted with the need to make space for those voices that speak against erasure, simplification, and displacement of the cultural narratives that a truly democratic society needs to survive.
The King & Faith Lectures are a program of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorcalMLK Foundation).

Registration to the King & Faith Lectures is free. With registration you are able to attend all of the seminars and gatherings, unless specified otherwise on our lecture schedule above.
Yes. The lecture series is an annual program of the NorcalMLK Foundation, held each MLK Weekend, culminating on the third Monday each January, the federal holiday in honor of Dr. King, and proceed through the third Sunday in February.
Many of the lectures, programs and seminars will be scheduled for broadcast live online. Utilizing some of our broadcast technology, virtual attendees will be able to comment on and deliver questions during our programs. Following the lectures, the programs will be archived on the NorcalMLK Foundation’s sites to be viewed and available for use in research.
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The lectures are slated to be held throughout the city with post-MLK Event gathering at Grace Cathedral's Gresham Hall in San Francisco. Additional lecture programs are being held in other locations. As additional programs come online, schedule locations and times may be slightly modified.
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"Dwight N. Hopkins is a constructive theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, various forms of liberation theologies (especially black and other third-world manifestations), and East-West cross-cultural comparisons. Professor Hopkins is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, economic, and interpretive methods. His latest works are Teaching Global Theologies;The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology; Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion; Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Church and Theological Education; Another World Is Possible: Spiritualities and Religions of Global Darker Peoples; Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic (coeditor); Heart and Head: Black Theology-Past, Present, and Future; Introducing Black Theology of Liberation; Down, Up and Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology; and Black Faith and Public Talk: Essays in Honor of James Cone's Black Theology and Black Power (editor). His previous texts include Black Theology USA and South Africa: Politics, Culture, and Liberation; Shoes That Fit Our Feet: Sources for a Constructive Black Theology; and We Are One Voice: Essays on Black Theology in South Africa and the USA (coeditor). He is an editor of Religions/Globalizations: Theories and Cases; Changing Conversations: Religious Reflection and Cultural Analysis; and Liberation Theologies, Postmodernity and the Americas. Professor Hopkins is senior editor of the Henry McNeil Turner/Sojourner Truth Series in Black Religion (Orbis Books). He is an ordained American Baptist minister."