—M. Shawn Copeland, professor of systematic theology at Boston College, will lecture on Martin Luther King Jr. and black political theology on February 4; dinner honoring Princeton Seminary’s first African American graduate, Theodore S. Wright, will precede the lecture—

Princeton, NJ, January 10, 2014–Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, professor of systematic theology at Boston College, will give Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. Her lecture is titled “Martin Luther King Jr., and the New Black Political Theology.” The lecture will explore some themes of black political theology from Martin Luther King Jr., to the present. It will be held in Miller Chapel on the Seminary’s main campus.             

copeland mlk lectureThe Princeton Seminary faculty established the annual King Lecture as a way of honoring the man who, according to Peter Paris, Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Emeritus, “ranks among the greatest American leaders in both church and state because he combined religious, social, and political resources in pursuit of racial justice and the moral enhancement of the common life.”
Before the lecture, the Seminary will host a dinner to honor Theodore S. Wright, Princeton Seminary’s first African American graduate (1828), at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center. The dinner is free, but reservations are required. Please R.S.V.P.  by January 28 to Maria Kennedy or call 1.800.622.6767, extension 7823.
Copeland is a prolific author, with more than 100 publications to her credit. She is author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race and Being (Fortress Press, 2010), and of The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille (Paulist Press, 2009); principal editor of Uncommon Faithfulness: the Black Catholic Experience (Orbis Books, 2009), and coeditor with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of Feminist Theologies in Different Contexts (Orbis Books, 1996), and Violence Against Women (Orbis Books, 1994).  

She holds a B.A. from Madonna College and a Ph.D. from Boston College. She is a former convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, an interdisciplinary learned association of Black Catholic scholars, and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the primary professional association of Catholic theologians in the United States and Canada.

For more information about the lecture, call 609.497.7760.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.