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STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 07, 2016

Leah Gunning Francis  
Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will host its annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, in the Terry M. Fischer Theater on campus, 3400 Pershall Road.

The theme is “Engaging & Energizing our community: Keep moving forward.” Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, associate dean for contextual education and assistant professor of Christian education at Eden Theological Seminary, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Gunning Francis is also the author of “Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community.”  As a mother of two African American sons, she has grounded her scholarship and activism in an ethic of love that honors the humanity of young black men in a society that too often has little regard for them. Her starting point as a practical theologian is the imago dei, that all people are created in the image of God, and fashions her teaching and preaching to posit this as a core tenet for building beloved community. For Gunning Francis, faith and justice are inextricably linked.

The event will also feature the winners of the annual North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) Oratorical Contest and musical performances.

The event is sponsored by the college and NCCU. Admission is free and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Special accommodations are available for persons with disabilities by calling 314-513-4551.