Former Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy to Speak at Amherst College’s Martin Luther King Day Multifaith Service Feb. 6

January 14, 2008   

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AMHERST, Mass.—Veteran civil rights activist the Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and former U.S. Congressman, will lead the annual multifaith service in celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include music performed by Amherst students, readings from Dr. King’s writings and an address by Fauntroy, a good friend and confidante of Dr. King himself before his assassination.

About Amherst College

Founded in 1821 as a non-sectarian institution, Amherst College today is an independent, undergraduate, residential, liberal arts college for men and women with a reputation for being one of the finest in the nation. Its approximately 1,600 students come from most of the 50 states and many foreign countries. Amherst is joined with Hampshire,

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Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

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