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Rev. Dr. Carlton Eversley to Give the G. McLeod Bryan Caring Award Lecture
Rev. Dr. Carlton Eversley, Sr. Pastor of Dellabrook Presbyterian Church in Winston Salem, NC, will give the 2011 G. McLeod Bryan Caring Award Guest Lecture at Mars Hill College on April 12. The lecture will take place in Broyhill Chapel at 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Eversley’s visit to campus is planned in conjunction with an awards ceremony bestowing the annual G. MacLeod Bryan Caring Awards. These awards are given to one student and one faculty or staff person at Mars Hill College who epitomize a life of outstanding service.
The award is named for G. McLeod (“Mac”) Bryan, a graduate of Mars Hill College and professor at Wake Forest University, who not only worked tirelessly for the cause of peace and justice, but has influenced countless others to join the cause through the years. This year’s lecture and awards ceremony will be the first since Bryan’s death in September of 2010.
Travis Proffitt, director of LifeWorks at Mars Hill College, invited Eversley to give the guest lecture after hearing him speak at the funeral of Mac Bryan. “I hope the community will take advantage of this opportunity to hear Dr. Eversley give the Bryan Caring Award lecture. He is an incredibly moving speaker, and he was not only a personal friend of Mac Bryan, but his life and ministry exemplify the same commitment to justice and equality that the Bryan Awards seek to recognize.”
Eversley was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the public schools in Brooklyn and was baptized, licensed and ordained at Concord Baptist Church. He obtained a B.A. degree from Oberlin College with an individual major in “Black Religion and Urban Studies.” He received his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Johnson C. Smith Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.
Since 1984, Dr. Eversley has been the pastor of Dellabrook Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, where he is heavily involved in movements for freedom, justice and equality in the city. To that end, he has served as the chairman of the board of directors of the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, a program which seeks exoneration for prisoners wrongly convicted. The program also helps ex-prisoners rejoin society after their periods of incarceration are completed.
He is theimmediate past president of the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem, and has served as the Executive Director of North Carolina Black Churches for North Carolina Black Colleges. He is also an adjunct professor of African American studies at Winston-Salem State University.
He is married to Professor Luellen Curry, the first full-time African American female professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law. They have two children, Benjamin Mandela and Kiara Mondlane.