January 3rd, 2013
For a print-quality photograph of Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, please click on the image to the left.
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 3, 2013) — Messiah College Multicultural Programs will host Samuel “Billy” Kyles as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration speaker on Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Kyles, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., was a friend and colleague of King’s and an eyewitness to his assassination. He will deliver a lecture, “Speaking Truth to Power: Courage and Conviction for Challenging Times.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
About Samuel “Billy” Kyles
Kyles has been a pastor of Monumental Baptist Church in South Memphis since 1959. A national leader of the civil rights movement, Kyles was a friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and an eyewitness to King’s assassination. He was appointed by the Clinton Administration to serve on the Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad and has served as a panelist at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes. He is a founding member of the national Board of People United to Save Humanity (PUSH) and was a delegate to the First African National Congress.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.