Let it SHINE!

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Let it SHINE!

LTSP honored two American legacies - Black Lutherans and Henry Melchior Muhlenberg - at Let it SHINE! on May 26, 2012. The day included an inspiring keynote presentation and uplifting Candlelight Jazz Concert, remembering our ancestors who have gone before us.

The Rev. Dr. James EcholsKeynote speaker The Rev. Dr. James K. Echols was the first African American to serve as president of a North American Lutheran seminary, serving in that capacity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) from 1997 to 2011. He was academic dean at The LutheranTheological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) from 1991-1997. He joined the LTSP faculty in 1982, teaching American Church History. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Echols received a BA fromTemple University and an MDiv from LTSP. He continued his studies at Yale University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the history of Christianity.

Dr. Echols has been a leader in the ELCA and in the wider community, serving on the board of the ELCA Division for Ministry, the executive committee of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the steering committee of the USA Section of the Council of International Black Lutherans. He is the editor of I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of Multicultural America (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).

 The video The Grover and Irma Wright Story premiered at Let It SHINE! Watch the video on the Legacy of Grover and Irma Wright page.

Proceeds benefited The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund.