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January 3, 2019

Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 


MONROE, Mich. – Dr. Derek Barber King, the nephew of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will speak at Monroe County Community College on Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m. in the La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater.

The La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater is located on MCCC’s Main Campus at 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. in Monroe.

Following the lecture at MCCC, King will appear at a 6 p.m. panel discussion at the Arthur Lesow Community Center at 120 Eastchester St. in Monroe.  He will make summarizing remarks to conclude the panel discussion.

The events – which are sponsored by MCCC, the Arthur Lesow Center and the NAACP of Monroe – are in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, which is the following day. 

The events are free and open to the public.

King, the son of the late A.D. King and Naomi Barber King, was 14 years old and living in Louisville, Ky. on April 4, 1968 when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.  King’s father joined his famous older brother in civil rights actions in the south and was with his brother when he was assassinated.

Continuing the ministry of his father and uncle, King conducts workshops and seminars related to the subject of creating social change through nonviolent strategies and tactics and is committed to the continual struggle to eliminate discrimination, racism, oppression and violence.  He is a certified conflict resolution coach specializing in the discipline of Kingian Nonviolence.

He retired in May after serving as a professor of religious studies for 19 years at Martin University in Indianapolis.  He served for many years as a minister at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and as a pastor at numerous other churches throughout his career.

King holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Morehouse College, a master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and doctor of divinity degrees from Virginia Seminary and College, Georgetown College and A.P. Christian Seminary.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at