Wednesday, January 25, 2012

National Reporter Points Students to Dr. King

“Balm in Gilead.” “Precious Lord.” Those were a few of Dr. Martin Luther King’s favorite hymns, according to Adelle M. Banks, a national reporter at Religion News Service (RNS), a Washington-based wire service that covers religion and ethics. Banks referred to her most recent RNS story as she visited two Gordon writing classes and met with students throughout the day yesterday, only a week after the national King holiday.

A native of Newport, R.I., and graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., the award-winning reporter talked with journalism and writing students about her many experiences covering religion as it relates to public life. She also provided numerous professional tips to better reporting for students considering careers in journalism. On Tuesday night, she addressed a larger crowd of students in the Ken Olsen Science Center, discussing issues of racial reconciliation, Dr. King’s legacy and the opportunities and responsibilities today’s students have to continue serving his dream for justice.

Banks was the Hearst Professional in Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in April 2009, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Religion Newswriters Association. This evening, January 25, at 6:30 p.m., she will be the guest speaker at Second Church of Dorchester, where Gordon's Global Education Dean Cliff Hersey ministers. Banks’ topic? “Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Favorite Hymns and Continuing Impact.” All are welcome.

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