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ATLANTA (Oct. 2, 2011) — L. Henry Whelchel Jr., Ph.D., renowned scholar and friend of the late C. Eric Lincoln, Ph.D., will serve as the guest speaker during Clark Atlanta University’s C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series, Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10:45 a.m. in Davage Auditorium inside Haven-Warren Hall. A noon luncheon and student scholarship forum immediately follows in the boardroom of the Thomas W. Cole Jr. Research Center for Science and Technology, also on campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta, 30314.
Whelchel is a lifelong professor and pastor, and for 28 years was a parish minister at various churches across the country. He is professor of church history at The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta and recipient of the Dr. Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives Award from the Morehouse School of Religion at The ITC.
Whelchel received a bachelor’s degree from Paine College, a master’s degree from the Boston University School of Theology, a master’s degree from New York University, and a doctorate degree from Duke University. He received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Phillips School of Theology at The ITC.
Whelchel served as assistant professor at Miles College and served as one of the vice presidents of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (an affiliate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s SCLC), during the 1960s in Birmingham, Ala. As a community activist, he was involved in the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. He is one the founders and was first president of the Ensley-Pratt City, Ala., NAACP. In Durham, N.C., he championed the liberation of the Wilmington Ten, which ultimately led to the freedom of Rev. Benjamin Chavis from prison.
The annual lecture series was established in 1983 by graduates of former Clark College in honor of their professor and mentor and to celebrate his scholarship and contributions to religion and philosophy in America. Lincoln, who began his academic endeavors at Clark College in 1954, mentored his students, encouraging scholarly debates and discussions that often extended well beyond class time and office hours. His personal interest in his students was rewarded, as many have become ministers and other professionals.
Keywords: L. Henry Whelchel Jr., C Eric Lincoln, Clark Atlanta University