Mentoring, fatherhood advocate to speak at MLK Day event

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 16, 2014 

Christian Love Baptist Church will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Inspirational speaker Thabiti Boone will highlight a program of music, singing, praise, dance and poetry.

Boone, a college basketball Hall of Famer, gave up a promising professional basketball career to raise his daughter and has become a leading speaker on fatherhood, mentoring and strengthening families. He developed the first course on the biblical impact of fatherhood and black males as a New York Theological Seminary adjunct professor.

Boone grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of a 13-year-old mother, and speaks of the hardships of those early years with no father figure.

He was named a Champion of Change by the White House and he works with President Barack Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative and the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation. Boone was the 2007 CNN World Hero and the 2007 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King National Man of the Year for Leadership.

“He’ll be speaking about the influence Martin Luther King had on his life,” said the Rev. James Anderson, Christian Love Baptist pastor. “You don’t want to miss this.”

Also on the program are two African-American spirituals, music by teen saxophonist Kahlil Williams and an operatic aria, Anderson said.

The 28th annual Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Christian Love Baptist Church, 202 H St.

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