MBU attends MLK50, announces MLK Dream Scholarship
In commemoration with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Missouri Baptist University students and staff attended the racial unity conference “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” April 3- 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee.
This event and initiative was organized by The Gospel Coalition and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Additionally, this two-day event provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and in the culture. Event attendees will hear from leaders who marched and suffered with King.
The MLK50 also launched the Dream Forward Scholarship Initiative. Twenty participating universities—including Missouri Baptist University—will invest in the educational future of minority students by offering a scholarship to minority students in Memphis, Tennessee.
“We believe there are multiple reasons for Christian colleges and seminaries to participate in this program and we are grateful to these schools who have so generously joined this effort,” said Brent Leatherwood, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention director of strategic partnerships.
“The city of Memphis was the scene of a brutal murder of the leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, even to this day, shockwaves from that terrible moment still reverberate in the community. But pastors, church leaders, and local activists are resolved to make racial unity a reality. This initiative reflects that good work being done and offers a way to come alongside and support it.”
MBU Campus Minister Aaron Lumpkin additionally believes that the event itself was important for MBU students to attend.
“It is a special time, and it is a privilege to be part of the conference and to be here in Memphis for the anniversary of Dr. King’s death,” said Lumpkin.
“This conference is a statement, a sign of Christians standing together saying that all people matter to God and that we need to act to promote justice and righteousness in the world.”
Lumpkin brought students to the MLK50 event so they could increase their awareness of each other’s cultures, struggles and victories and be equipped to act.
“We need to learn from one another, listen before we speak and then talk honestly with one another. We can disagree, but we ought to work and labor to love and fight for justice. My hope is this conference equipped our students to better do this.”