Jermaine McDonald will present spring Mallory Lecture

Dr. Jermaine M. McDonald, a Ph.D. candidate from Emory University, will present the spring 2012 Kathleen Mallory Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in Foundation Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center.

McDonald was formerly the associate minister of Christian education at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, home church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He delivers an engaging lecture drawn from his research on the topic “The Canonization of Martin Lither King, Jr. – Collective Memory, Civil Religion, and the Reconstruction of an American Hero.”

Prior to his involvement with Ebenezer, Jermaine graduated from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia with a bachelors of science degree in computer science. While working as a software engineer, he entered the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union to earn a master of divinity degree.

McDonald’s commitment to a vocational identity of teaching and scholarship inspires him to develop a pedagogical outlook that will address some of the issues he faced as a minority student.

The Kathleen Mallory Distinguished Lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture series is named for Dr. Kathleen Mallory who served as a professor of English at SAU from 1974 until her retirement in 2010.

For more information, call (870) 235-4210.

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