'Frontline' Minister to Speak at MLK Dinner
By Reid Oslin
A charismatic and powerful speaker who was featured on the PBS Frontline series "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" will be the keynote speaker at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Rev. Allen Dwight Callahan, a Baptist minister who once taught theology at Boston College and is currently a faculty member at Seminario Teologico Batista do Nordeste in Brazil, will speak at the annual scholarship gala, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Welch Dining Room of Lyons Hall.
Several hundred members of the Boston College community are expected to attend the annual campus event, which celebrates the legacy of the slain civil rights leader.
The banquet will feature the presentation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The award, which provides 75 percent of senior year tuition, is presented each year to a junior who reflects King's philosophy in his or her life and work. Each candidate submits an essay on the impact of King's ideals on his or her life. Finalists are evaluated on academic performance and their extra-curricular and service activities.
Candidates for this year's award are Makaine Lozandieu, Shenora Plenty, Helina Teklehaimanot and Rakiya Watts [see separate story].
A native of Philadelphia, Rev. Callahan is a graduate of Princeton University and received his master's and doctoral degrees in New Testament Studies and Early Christian History from Harvard University.
He has taught theology at Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, Andover-Newton Theological School, Harvard Divinity School and Macalester College in Minnesota prior to accepting his current assignment in Brazil.
In addition to his appearances on the popular PBS religion series, Rev. Callahan played a major role in the 2000 production of the "Portrait of a Radical: The Jesus Movement" video that utilizes images, music and contemporary language to present the radical, compassionate and inclusive teachings of Christ.
The awards dinner will also feature a performance of the Voices of Imani Gospel Choir.