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Renowned Martin Luther King, Jr., scholar to present Feb. 14 Simpson-Duvall Lecture at Whitworth

January 31, 2013
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Whitworth is honored to host award-winning historian, author and professor Lewis Baldwin as the 2013 Simpson-Duvall lecturer. The topic of his lecture will be “The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement: An Enduring Legacy.” Admission is free. Baldwin will present Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theater in Weyerhaeuser Hall.

Baldwin is currently a professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University and a leading scholar on the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2004, Baldwin was inducted in The Martin Luther King, Jr., International Collegium of Scholars. Within the same week, he received an award from the International Association of Educators for World Peace.

“Dr. Baldwin’s visit to Whitworth provides students and others with a unique opportunity to hear and engage a world-class scholar whose life work has been the examination of one of the most significant and impactful Christian leaders in U.S. history,” says Lawrence Burnley, Whitworth’s assistant vice president of diversity and intercultural relations, and an assistant professor of history. “Dr. Baldwin’s scholarship is a wonderful example of the integration of faith and learning. His time with us will enrich the educational experience of all who choose to take advantage of the intellectual and spiritual gifts he will bring to our campus.”

On the day of his lecture, Baldwin will conduct a roundtable discussion with faculty from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building’s ABC conference room. The topic of the roundtable discussion will be, “A Citizen of the World: Projecting the Global Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Baldwin is the author of several articles, book reviews, book chapters, monographs and books. His most recent books are Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2010) and The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2010).

Baldwin’s 1983 book, “Invisible” Strands in African Methodism: A History of the African Union Methodist Protestant and Union American Methodist Episcopal Churches, 1805-1980, won The American Theological Library Association Award. His There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1991) was declared “Best All-Around Book” and the winner of the 1992 Midwest Book Achievement Award by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

The Simpson-Duvall Lectureship honors two of Whitworth's most distinguished professors: Clarence Simpson, professor of English from 1953-80, and R. Fenton Duvall, professor of history from 1949-81. The annual lectureship is held in appreciation for these two men's years of commitment and contributions to Whitworth; it continues, in their spirit, to enrich the university community. The lecture is held once each calendar year, and topics alternate between Simpson's and Duvall's disciplines, English and history.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs


Bonnie Wakefield, academic program assistant for the history department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3270 or