Springfield, Ohio - A former U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania and former U.S. Delegate appointed by President Clinton, Charles Stith will be the keynote speaker at Wittenberg University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Convocation to be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 in Weaver Chapel on the Wittenberg campus.
Stith, author and a graduate of the Harvard University Divinity School, will discuss "Martin Luther King's Vision: Implications for a Global Village" on the national holiday honoring the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Wittenberg Series presentation is free and open to the public.
The founder and former national president of the Organization for a New Equality (O.N.E.), which focuses on expanding economic opportunity for minorities and women, Stith has served on numerous national advisory boards and has been honored for his work involving global economies, HIV and AIDS, justice issues, community development and religious causes.
As Ambassador to the Republic of Tanzania, Stith was charged with stabilizing the embassy after the Aug. 7, 1998 bombing and advancing President Clinton's "Africa Growth and Opportunity Initiative." The success of dealing with both challenges is reflected in Embassy Dar organizing the most successful trade mission by an African Head of State to the United States. In addition, Tanzania has become the first African country to sign an Open Skies Agreement with the United States.
Stith, who currently lives in Boston, is the latest in a long line of accomplished speakers to appear at Wittenberg for the annual Commemorative Convocation, which became part of the Wittenberg Series in 1991. Last year, Columbus City attorney Janet Jackson was the keynote speaker.
The Wittenberg Series, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is made possible by contributions to the college's general fund, income from endowed lecture funds, student fees, cosponsors and foundations. Contact Gwendolyn Scheffel at (937) 327-7918.