King’s Legacy: The Black Church and Social Activism Today

When: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $30 & up | $25 for Museum Members
Image courtesy of Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church and SUNY Old Westbury and Reverend Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church discuss the continuing role of New York’s African American churches in advancing civil rights and social activism.

This program accompanies our exhibition, King in New York (on view through June 2018).

About the Speakers: 
Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III is pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and president of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury. Dr. Butts was one of the founders and is the current Chairman of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a community-based, not-for-profit organization responsible for over $600 million in housing and commercial development in Harlem. Dr. Butts has spoken out against racial profiling and police brutality, and built coalitions to foster economic development and job growth throughout his tenure at Abyssinian. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and has been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers (Morehouse College).

Reverend Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood has been pastor at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church since 2001. For Brooklyn and the greater metropolitan area, the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church has become the headquarters for the Project Safe Surrender – a social justice program that aggressively assists in the decriminalization of a people. Before 2001, Dr. Youngblood spent 35 years (1974-2009) at the St. Paul Community Baptist Church his achievements there were chronicled in Samuel Gary Freedman’s award-winning book, Upon This Rock (Harper Perennial, 1994). Dr. Youngblood’s work challenging the traditional and empowering oppressed people is widely recognized.

$35 for adults | $30 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $25 for Museum members
Includes Museum admission.

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Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs.). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.

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