—Obery Hendricks, professor of biblical interpretation at New York Theological Seminary and Princeton Seminary Class of 1990, will lecture February 9—

Princeton, NJ, January 10, 2012–Dr. Obery Hendricks, professor of biblical interpretation at New York Theological Seminary, will give Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. His lecture is titled “Martin Luther King Jr. and a New Political Economy of Justice.” It will be held in Miller Chapel on the Seminary’s main campus.

obery hendricksHendricks, a 1990 M.Div. graduate of Princeton Seminary, is a provocative and innovative commentator on the intersection of religion, politics, and social policy in America today. A widely sought lecturer and media spokesperson, he has been featured on C-SPAN, PBS, National Public Radio, BBC, MSNBC, and the Voice of America. He has been a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee and the National Religious Leaders Advisory Committee of the Barack Obama presidential campaign. He is also an affiliated scholar at the Center for American Progress and serves on the board of the Public Religion Research Institute, both in Washington DC. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Godspolitics.com, a former editorial advisor to Tikkun magazine, a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, and a principal commentator in The Oxford Annotated Bible.

A former Wall Street investment executive and past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American theological Seminary in the United States, Hendricks is a visiting scholar in both the Department of Religion and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He holds both the M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

The 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.” For more information, call 609.497.7760 or visit www.ptsem.edu.

Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812 as the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Celebrating its Bicentennial in 2012, it is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.