LTS President to Moderate MLK Jr. Community Forum

Dr. Charisse Gillett, President of Lexington Theological Seminary, will serve as Moderator of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Forum Saturday, Jan. 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The forum’s theme is “Making a Difference Today” and is hosted by East Second Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), at 146 Constitution St. The Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett II is the host pastor.

The forum will include brief presentations on the history of race relations in Lexington and their import for living faithfully today, followed by discussion and a Q&A period.

Dr. Gillett is the 17th president of Lexington Theological Seminary and a former moderator of the Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

Other participants are DeBraun Thomas, a 2012 UK graduate who produces and hosts weekly segments on local music on WUKY. In 2016, he founded the Take Back Cheapside Movement, a coalition of various organizing groups with the goal of removing confederate statues located at Cheapside, the site of former slave market in Lexington.

Dr. Vanessa Holden received her Ph.D. in African American and Women’s and Gender History from Rutgers University. She currently has a dual appointment in both the Department of History and African American and Africana Studies at UK. Her research focuses on African American women and slavery in the antebellum South.

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