Dr. Jamey O. Graham to Speak at Benedict College's MLK Commemoration
Columbia, SC -- January 16, 2014 -- Dr. Jamey O. Graham, Regional Vice- President for the Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker at the Benedict College 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. The event will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014, in the Antisdel Chapel on the main campus.
The free program, which is open to the public, will be a time to remember the fight for freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and people. On this day, the College will pay tribute to the universal love, forgiveness and non-violence that embodied the peaceful spirit of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration is sponsored by the Religious Services Department and Student Affairs.
A native of Andrews, South Carolina, Rev. Dr. Graham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a teaching certification in Social Studies from Morris College. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS), and earned a Doctorate of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to his studies at CRCDS and McCormick Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Graham studied abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, which afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the Holy Land.
He has received many honors and awards including a listing in Who's Who among outstanding students in Colleges and Universities, Presidential Scholar, O.R. Reuben Scholar, Dean's List, recipient of the UNCF/Andrew Mellon Fellowship, and a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. honor scholarship at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Graham is currently pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. He has served as pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Darlington S.C. He serves also as Secretary of the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Association and is currently serving as a Regional Vice-President for The Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Rev. Dr. Graham has served on University of South Carolina Project Impact, and has also served on the Advisory Board of Project F.A.I.T.H (Fostering AIDS Initiatives That Heal). This is a state-wide demonstration project of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (SCHAC) designed to empower and build the capacity of churches and other faith-based entities to create local solutions to local problems. The initiative included the provision of funding for thirty-four churches within the state of South Carolina. He has previously served on the Advisory Board of South Carolina Community Bank.
Rev. Dr. Graham is married to the former Ms. Yvette Dukes, and they have three children, Jamey O'Neal Graham, Jr., Jayda Orin Graham, and Jasmyn Olivia Graham.
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