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"
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"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by February 14.