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BARUTI KMT-Sisouvong, FOUNDER OF RADICAL SCHOLAR, INC., INDUCTED INTO MLK INTERNATIONAL COLLEGIUM OF SCHOLARS OF MOREHOUSE COLLEGE


Baruti KMT & an image of Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, 3 April 2008 – Baruti KMT-Sisouvong, Founder/President/CEO of Radical Scholar, Inc., and Producer/Host of "Connecting the Dots," was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., International Collegium of Scholars of Morehouse College in a ceremony Thursday making him an "Honorary Morehouse Man." This award, which has been conferred on only a handful of worthy individuals since 1986, was created by Dean Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. of MLK International Chapel of Morehouse College and sanctioned by Coretta Scott King as a way to keep her husband’s philosophical legacy alive. The purpose of the Collegium of Scholars, into which Baruti was inducted, together with the Board of Preachers and Board of Sponsors forms the Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Ministers and Laity, is to sustain the civil and human rights non-violent movement in the public consciousness. Members are charged with providing ethical and spiritual leadership to society-at-large as well as serving as moral and intellectual role models for students of Morehouse College and other institutions of learning.

The ceremony, held at the MLK International Chapel of Morehouse College at 11:00am on the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “Mountaintop” speech, featured a sermon by Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles, Senior Paster of Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.  Kyles, who, along with Ralph David Abernathy, was one of only two individuals by the side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during his final hour, titled his remarks, “I Was There To Be a Witness,” and spoke about the importance of recognizing one’s mission in life and holding fast to one’s dreams, no matter how different from the crowd.  The ceremony was followed by a lecture by former Dominican monk and current mystic Matthew Fox, who spoke on the contemporary significance of The Black Madonna.  This presentation was followed by an unveiling of a new portrait commemorating Professor Asa G. Hilliard, III (1933-2007), also known as Nana Baffour Amankwatia II, a master teacher, psychologist, and world-renowned historian of ancient Egypt, also known as KMT.

The induction ceremony represented the culmination of Morehouse College's 22nd Annual Science and Spirituality Awareness Week as well as the Gandhi-King-Ikeda-Hassan Perennial Season of Non-Violence.  This year’s theme for the event was “A Spiritually Engaged Global Ethical Education.”  All newly inducted members of the College will hereafter be referred to as the Class of ‘08.

Baruti KMT-Sisouvong, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who has lived and worked in Atlanta since 1988, was selected on the basis of his work with Radical Scholar, Inc., including the radio show, “Connecting the Dots.”

BOILERPLATE:
Radical Scholar, Inc., a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization, was founded by Baruti KMT-Sisouvong in December 2006 to foster dialogue between various thought communities around the world.  Radical Scholar, Inc., hosts the website, RadicalScholar.com, which showcases the work of leading visionaries and thinkers in the form of interviews, articles, book reviews, film reviews, and other knowledge artifacts.  In addition, Radical Scholar, Inc. produces a podcast radio program called “Connecting the Dots,” hosted by Baruti KMT-Sisouvong, which focuses on the intersections of spirituality, science, and world affairs.

If you would like additional information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact thought@RadicalScholar.com. 

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