WPU Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Day of Service and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Harold Briscoe

January 17, 2019
MLK Day of Service 2019

William Peace University is proud to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with various student service events and a tribute next week. On Monday, programming will consist of a Day of Service, followed by a celebration of Dr. King on Thursday, January 24, with programming from campus members and a keynote address from community leader and pastor, Dr. Harold Briscoe. 

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 21

MLK Day of Service (DOS) is William Peace University’s largest annual community service event. The program pulls together WPU students, faculty, staff, alumni and families to help make an impact on both #OurRaleigh and our campus. Participants will complete up to three hours of service at one of our many local partners and be guided by student and staff site leaders to help them reflect on the impact they are making on the community.

Sites for the program include:

  • Communities In Schools
  • Family Promise
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • Urban Ministries
  • Wrenn House
  • On-campus (campus beautification, card and letter writing for military members and hospitalized children, plus more)

DOS participants will get the chance to donate blood and earn a gift card for their participation. Join us for an opening and closing ceremony with guest speakers, meals and fellowship. The full program runs from 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration for the program has closed at this time, however individuals may contact Bailey Craddock, Graduate Assistant for Student Involvement, to be added to a wait list if spots open.

Follow the Story @WPeaceU

You’re also invited to follow Monday’s programming on our social media as our students perform a takeover. Follow the story on WPU’s Instagram and Snapchat accounts (@WPeaceU) for #PeaceBTS, a behind-the-scenes look into a day in the life at William Peace University.

Celebration Service

Thursday, January 24

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Harold Briscoe
Dr. Harold Briscoe is the lead pastor and founder of the Six:Eight Church in Durham, North Carolina.

In addition to our Day of Service, the Peace community will join together on Thursday as speakers from campus and the community lead reflections on continuing the legacy of Dr. King. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Harold Briscoe, who is the founder and lead pastor of The Six:Eight Church in Durham, North Carolina.

“The Office of Diversity & Inclusion invites the WPU community to also celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of scholarship and activism.”

Stephanie Reed, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at WPU

“In higher education commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through an annual day of service has become a staple of most campus communities,” Reed said. “The Office of Diversity & Inclusion invites the WPU community to also celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of scholarship and activism. He was an author of more than 5 books, a moving and charismatic speaker while also managing to be a pivotal figure of the civil rights movement. After our day of service, we will pause to reflect on the man, the scholar and the activist.”

Dr. Briscoe’s address will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Dinwiddie Chapel.

About Dr. Briscoe

Harold Dorrell Briscoe is a writer, speaker, pastor, and public theologian. He focuses on the intersectionality of race, religion, law, and power.

Dr. Briscoe is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Florida with hi bachelors in Political Science and History. He is a 2009 graduate of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University earning his masters in Public Administration with a concentration on Urban Planning. Dr. Briscoe worked in local and state government for five years across Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.

Dr. Briscoe taught as an adjunct professor in the fields of public administration, management, and leadership to undergraduate students while earning a masters in Theological Studies from Liberty University in 2015. He went on to finish his Doctor of Ministry degree at Duke University with a doctoral thesis entitled: There’s a Storm Coming Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Disaster Mitigation as a Model for Congregational Leadership During Times of Racial Crisis in America.

Additionally, Dr. Briscoe serves on the YMCA Young Professional’s Advisory Board and is currently a PhD student in History at the University of Leicester. He also hosts the podcast, “The Best of Both Worlds.”

Dr. Briscoe is the founder and lead pastor of The Six:Eight Church in Durham, North Carolina. Six:Eight’s vision is to build a gospel community that is intentionally diverse, cross-cultural and neighborhood-centered by engaging and developing ministries in Downtown Durham, East Durham, Walltown, Trinity Park, Old West Durham, and beyond.

Dr. Briscoe is husband to Tracy, and father to Luke, Noah, Amelia Hope, and Ella Grace.