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Ebenezer Baptist Church's Raphael Warnock to keynote Emory Law MLK Celebration
By Emory University School of Law | Emory Law | December 11, 2017

Keynote Speaker:
Reverend Raphael G. Warnock PhD

The Reverend Raphael G. Warnock PhD, senior pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, will give a lecture in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Emory University School of Law will host the lecture on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 p.m. at Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall, located at 1301 Clifton Road in Atlanta.

Since 2005, Rev. Warnock has served as the senior pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The son of two Pentecostal pastors, he became the fifth and the youngest person ever called to the senior pastorate of Ebenezer Baptist Church, founded in 1886. Under Rev. Warnock’s leadership, more than 4,000 new members have joined Ebenezer Baptist Church, enhancing the church’s legacy of social activism with both spiritual and numerical growth. He graduated from Morehouse College cum laude in 1991, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, from which he graduated with honors and distinctions. Rev. Warnock continued his graduate studies at Union, receiving a Master of Philosophy degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of systematic theology. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., and is a lifetime member of the NAACP. His activism was honored in 2016 as his footprints were placed on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. 

Rev. Warnock’s lecture will be followed by a reception in Hunter Atrium. Free parking will be available after 4 p.m. in the Lowergate South Parking Deck, 1705 Lowergate Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.  RSVP at bit.ly/2018mlkday.