For release: January 23, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The Rev. Kenneth Robinson, pastor of St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis, will discuss
“Martin Luther King for Today” at noon Wednesday, January 28, in Room 226 of the Ned
R. McWherter Library on the University of Memphis campus.
Rev. Kenneth Robinson
Robinson’s presentation will give insights into the perspectives that the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. might have on today’s world, particularly in light of the election
of the first African-American president of the United States. He will explore whether
King would feel his dream has come closer to being a reality or if there are still
enormous challenges to face in the area of race relations and social justice.
Robinson earned bachelor of arts and medical degrees from Harvard University and a
master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. He also has taught internal
medicine at Vanderbilt. His call to the ministry took place while he was in medical
school in 1976.
Robinson recently made history, completing his tenure as Tennessee’s first African-American
commissioner of health, while continuing to pastor St. Andrew Church. He served for
four years as the state’s chief health officer. Robinson has held many administrative
positions in the state and is widely sought for his expertise on policy and partnership
development, with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in the African-American
and religious communities.
The event is presented by the University Libraries with support from Friends of the
Libraries. For more information, contact Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or Kay Kroboth