Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Annual celebration to feature Adventist administrator Ricardo Graham

Ricardo B. Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will present “A King’s Dream” on Monday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., in the University Church for the annual Walla Walla University Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Graham has a long history of commitment to civil rights within the Adventist church. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he has a bachelor’s degree from Oakwood College, a master of divinity degree from Andrews University, and a doctor of ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Graham is chair of the Adventist Health board, which operates 19 hospitals and other healthcare facilities in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. He has pastored in several churches in California as well as the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

The annual WWU celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. began in 1989 and was one of the first events of its kind in the region. Today the event remains one of the largest in a 100-mile radius.

The event is free and open to the public. The University Church is located at 212 S.W. Fourth St., in College Place, Wash.

Posted Jan. 11, 2016

Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists