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2014 Building the Beloved Community Symposium

Mercer's 10th Annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Symposium Theme: "Looking Back and Moving Forward: 50 Years of Integration at Mercer"


Sam Oni

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Sam Oni (CLA, 1967)
Mercer's First Black Student

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18: Banquet in the Presidents Dining Room (University Center)
Speaker: Mr. Sam Oni, "Baring Witness"

Judge William C. Randall

8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19: Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall of Centenary United Methodist Church
Speaker: Judge William C. Randall

10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19: Service in Newton Chapel Sanctuary
Speaker: Mr. Sam Oni, "Ebenezer"

11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19: Panel Discussion in Newton Chapel Sanctuary
Moderator: Raymond Partolan (Student Government Association President)
Panelists: Emeritus Professor Thomas M. Trimble, Attorneys John T. Mitchell, Jr. and
Veronica McClendon
(CLA, 2007), and Associate Dean of Students Dr. Samantha Murfree

Noon, Wednesday, Feb. 19: Closing Luncheon in Newton Chapel Sanctuary
Response and Wrap-Up: Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics

Admission to all sessions is free. Reservations are required for meals, and can be made by contacting
Trish Dunaway at (478) 475-9506 or by February 14.

During the entire academic year 2013-14, Mercer is celebrating the 50th anniversary
of Sam Oni's matriculation, thus breaking the color barrier at the University.
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