The Hobart and William Smith community will continue to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with an address from keynote speaker George Payne on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
Joining the campus from the M.K. Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence at the University of Rochester, Payne will discuss “Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Shielding the Beloved Community,” at 7 p.m. in the Sanford Room. His speech will highlight King’s anti-war speech, and engage students in a lively discussion about peace and the importance of activism. Payne will help students to connect the “Triple Evils” cited by King – poverty, racism, and war – and Gandhi’s “Seven Blunders of the World,” as a means of helping to build and protect community.
A community activist and peace educator for the Gandhi Institute, Payne holds a B.A. in philosophy from St. John Fisher College and a M.A. in religion from Colgate Rochester Crozer School of Divinity. In 2009, he earned a M.T.S. from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
After returning home from a seminary delegation in El Salvador, Payne worked closely with Poor People United. In 2006, he supervised two IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites in Charlotte, N.C. and worked for a progressive Baptist congregation in Decatur, Ga. This past fall, he facilitated a seminar on the Philosophy of Civil Disobedience through the Gandhi Institute, and regularly leads workshops and nonviolence trainings.