FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 10, 2000

Contact Pamela Young

pamela.young@emich.edu

734.487.4400


NOTED MINISTER MARK WILSON TO ADDRESS SOCIAL INEQUALITY

AT FREE EASTERN MICHIGAN PROGRAM, OCT. 12.

YPSILANTI - The Lesbian, Gay & Transgendered Resource Center (LGTRC) at Eastern Michigan University will host a free program "Moments of Intersection: Culture/Race, Faith and Sexual Orientation," 7 - 9:30 p.m., Oct. 12 at EMU's Roosevelt Auditorium.

The Rev. Dr. D. Mark Wilson, pastor of historic McGee Avenue Baptist Church in Berkeley, California, will be the keynote speaker.

Guests include Mary Larkin,who will perform "Love Orientation; " and members of the Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition, who will present excerpts from the play "From the Beginning I did Not Speak in Secret."

Wilson, an African American gay minister, is a well-known researcher on religion and social inequality. He earned a master's of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Before moving back to his native California, he spent seven years as assistant to the pastor in Youth and Neighborhood Ministries at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.

While in California, he has been instrumental in expanding the city of Berkeley's food program and HIV/AIDS ministry and has developed a ministry geared to prisons, domestic violence and recovery. Wilson also presents multicultural workshops on racism, sexism and homophobia.

For more information, call 734.487.4149.

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