Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at AMBS

We Shall Overcome: Local leaders address racism, poverty and violence in our communities

January 20, 2014 — 2–4 p.m.

AMBS Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount
3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, Ind.

During this free event, guests will hear from regional leaders from Eklhart, Goshen and South Bend as they speak on the tough issues that persist in our neighborhoods in spite of the profound legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the significant accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement.

In addition to the presentations, People’s History of Elkhart will present the ‘Drum Major for Justice’ Lifetime Achievement Award and ‘Jericho Road Award’ for Transformative Change to local recipients.

Light refreshments and community dialogue coordinated by ICUR and People's History of Elkhart will follow the award and panel presentations.


Read more about each speaker.

  • Apostle Willie Coates, Jr.
    Co-organizer, Empowerment Saturdays, South Bend, Ind.
    Host, The Urban Voice on WUBS 89.7 FM
  • Gilberto Perez, Jr.
    Associate Professor of Social Work,  Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.
    President and CEO, Bienvenido Community Solutions
  • Rev. Jennifer Tinsley
    Pastor, St. James AME Church, Elkhart, Ind.
    Vice president, Elkhart Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

For more information

Katerina Friesen, ICUR student assistant

Katerina Friesen
Student Assistant, ICUR


Martin Luther King Jr. Day flierEvent hosts

AMBS Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism team

A committee of faculty, administrators, staff and students that assists AMBS in its strategic priority of undoing racism and building intercultural competence throughout the institution.

People's History of Elkhart
A grassroots group dedicated to sharing story, study, and strategy to build relationships across historic divisions and strengthen the growing movement to end poverty.