Campbellsville University is going to be the venue of the much anticipated course on “African-American Baptist History”, which will be given by Simmons College professors Dr. Lawrence H. Williams and Dr. Joe Early Jr. The course has been labeled as the Baptist Heritage Lecture Series, and it will continue on the 4th of October, at 6:30pm at the Louisville Education Center at 2303 Green Way, Louisville. The event will be sponsored by the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, as well as the Central District Association of Baptists and Simmons College of Kentucky.
Williams and Early To Speak at the Lecture
Dr. Lawrence H Williams is a renowned professor with the department of African studies within Luther College, but teaches often at Simmons College, and he will be giving a lecture which is titled, “The History of Simmons College / University”. Williams is well known for the extensive research that he has conducted into American Baptist history within Kentucky, and he is known as the authority on the black church, as well as the civil rights movement in the 1960′s.
Dr. Joe Early is an assistant professor of theology at Campbellsville University and he will be giving a lecture titled, “Richard Henry Boyd; Shaper of Black Baptist Identity”. Early received the 2012 Servant Leadership Award from Campbellsville University and he has authored several books on the Baptist life and the history of this particular subject.
What Does it Mean to be Baptist in the 21st Century?
According to the vice president for church and external relations, John Chowning, “The Baptist Heritage Series focuses attention on Baptist heritage and history and the distinctiveness of the Baptist faith. This particular event will focus attention on the rich history of African American Baptists in Kentucky and in the nation.” He also stated that “The Baptist Heritage Series is dedicated to highlighting the richness of the history of the Baptist movement in Kentucky, the United States, and around the globe. As a Baptist affiliated institution, Campbellsville University is seeking to help promote a better understanding of and appreciation of what it means to be a Baptist in the 21st century.”