BISMARCK, ND — Award winning religious historian Dr. Albert Raboteau is the guest speaker at two events at the University of Mary.

Dr. Albert Raboteau

Raboteau will speak on “The Legacy of Martin Luther King” in the weekly Chapel of the Word service, Monday, January 15, 2018, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Word Chapel, in the University’s Benedictine Center on the main Bismarck campus.

Raboteau will also present a lecture on “Forgiveness in the African American Tradition” in University Ministry’s speaker series Grounds for Belief: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Butler Auditorium, Gary Tharaldson School of Business, also on the Bismarck campus.

The great-grandson of slaves, Raboteau was raised in Mississippi during the age of racial segregation. Today he is the nation’s leading authority on the African American religious experience. Educated at Loyola University, the University of California, and Yale, he currently holds the Henry W. Putnam chair of religion at Princeton University.

“Professor Raboteau has long been an inspiration to students of our country’s multifaceted religious scene,” says Dr. Peter Huff, director of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and professor of theology at the University of Mary. “His personal desire to balance scholarship and spiritual integrity makes him a model of the dialogue between faith and reason.”

Raboteau’s many publications include “Slave Religion,” “A Fire in the Bones,” and “Canaan Land,” a religious history of African Americans. His most recent book, “American Prophets,” chronicles the life and legacy of religious figures such as King, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.

Raboteau’s visit to the University of Mary is sponsored by University Ministry and the Christian Leadership Center. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff at 701-355-8295 or pahuff@umary.edu.