MLK Civil Rights Lecture

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Dimnent Memorial Chapel, Auditorium
277 College Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3646

Dr. McKinstry grew up in Birmingham, AL and attended the 16th Street Baptist Church. As a teenager, she attended mass meetings and rallies held at her church. She was among thousands of students hosed by firemen during the 1963 marches.  She served as the youth secretary for her church and answered the call from the KKK minutes before the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends as they were preparing for Sundayschool.  She survived a second bomb explosion that destroyed a large portion of her home in 1964. She lived in daily terror throughout most of her life and today she travels around the world sharing her story and ministering on the power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Dr. McKinstry is a graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee. She has done graduate studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, received a Master and Doctor of Divinity Degree from Samford University. Carolyn serves on the Samford Board of Overseers and Samford’s Beeson Divinity School Advisory Board. She received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from New York Theological Seminary.

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Event Type

Campus-Life, Student Development, Center for Diversity and Inclusion


This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination and we are pleased that Rev. Dr. Carolyn McKinstry has agreed to be our keynote speaker for this very important event and time in history.

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