"Mission Mississippi" Director to Speak for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Chapel

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Dr. Dolphus Weary, executive director of Mission Mississippi, will be the guest speaker at Cedarville University`s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Chapel on Monday, Jan. 20. Weary will speak at 10 a.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center. Born and raised in Mississippi, Weary struggled to break free from the poverty and racism that surrounded him. A basketball scholarship at an all-white Christian college on the West Coast helped him escape the Magnolia State, but he soon learned that racism is not confined to Mississippi or the South. He returned to his home state in 1971 to work for reconciliation and change through Mendenhall Ministries, an organization which President George H.W. Bush named as his 541st Daily Point of Light. In 1990, Weary authored "I Ain`t Comin` Back" (with William Hendricks, contributor), which chronicled both his struggle to escape poverty and racism and his return to the Magnolia State. For the past seven years, Weary has been a featured writer for "Daily Guideposts," a devotional publication. Weary was named executive director of Mission Mississippi in 1998. Since its founding 10 years ago, Mission Mississippi has worked to "build relationships and to call persons of all races and denominational backgrounds to reconciliation." Under Weary`s leadership, the organization sponsors and coordinates opportunities for people of different denominations and races to interact and serve together. Example events include prayer breakfasts, youth rallies and retreats, monthly pastors` dialogues and retreats, and Two and Two Restaurant Days (local restaurants offer discounts for parties of two blacks and two whites). Weary holds a B.A. from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master`s College), an M.R.E. from Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary (now The Master`s Seminary), an M.Ed. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He is an ordained minister. Admission for Weary`s message is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 937-766-7808. -30-