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Distinguished Professor Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. to Lecture at Divinity School

Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.Dr. James. A. Forbes, Jr., Union Theological Seminary Henry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor, is on loan to Shaw University to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Forbes along with other distinguished professors and theologians will offer a lecture series through the Shaw University Divinity School entitled “Preaching and the Next Great Awakening.” The inaugural lecture took place on August 18. Future lectures will take place in the WEB Lewis Lecture Room located on the 3rd floor in Leonard Hall from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The rich history of Shaw University makes it an ideal partner with Union Theological Seminary to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Dr. Forbes has personal ties to Shaw University as his father, Bishop J.A. Forbes, Sr. and sister, Evangeline, are both graduates of the University. Most notably his brother, Dr. David C. Forbes, an alumnus of Shaw University who along with fellow alumna Ella Baker formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960.  SNCC became one of the most important organizations of the civil rights movement of Dr. King, organizing sit-ins and freedom rides playing a leading role in the 1963 March on Washington and the Mississippi Freedom Summer.

Dr. Forbes, Pastor Emeritus of Riverside Church in New York City, having served as senior pastor for over 18 years, is known as the “preacher's preacher” for his extensive preaching career and charismatic style. He has earned the Doctor of Ministry degree, Master of Divinity degree and Bachelor of Science degree and has been awarded 13 honorary degrees from leading universities. Having led workshops, retreats, and conferences throughout the country, Forbes has received numerous awards including the prestigious Earle B. Pleasant Clergy of the Year Award, Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award. 

Shaw University is incredibly honored and grateful to Union Theological Seminary for the loan of Dr. James A. Forbes to the Divinity School and the broader community.