Obery HendricksRenowned speaker, author and scholar Dr. Obery M. Hendricks will present the 2012 Howard Thurman Lecture at Candler on Wednesday, October 17, discussing “Martin Luther King and a New Political Economy of Justice.” 

Hendricks is a visiting scholar in the department of religion and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and is professor of biblical interpretation at New York Theological Seminary.

The Washington Post called Hendricks' most recent book, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted "essential reading for Americans."

Hendricks has made several media appearances, including C-SPAN, PBS and al-Jazeera Television, among others, and is also a writer for Godspolitics.com and Faithfuldemocrats.com.  He is a member of the National Religious Leaders Advisory Committee of the Barack Obama presidential campaign and also the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee. 

Before entering his theological career, Hendricks was a Wall Street investment executive. He received his master of divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both his MA and PhD in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University.

The lecture is sponsored by Black Church Studies and begins at 11:00 a.m. in room 252 of Candler School of Theology. To register, visit the Candler calendar at www.candler.emory.edu/news/calendar/, navigate to October 17, and click “Sign Up.”