National Baptist Convention minister to speak at King tribute

FLINT — Dr. Elliott Cuff, Dean of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. and pastor of the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church of Woodlawn, Ohio will be the keynote speaker for the 35th Annual Citywide Tribute Dinner in honor of Martin L. King, Jr. on Jan 16.

The program will be centered on the theme: “Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s Influence on the Modern Day Preacher.”

New this year is a luncheon scheduled for noon, Jan. 16 at the Sarvis Conference Center located at 1231 E. Kearsley St. in Flint. Dr. Marvin T. Smith, pastor, Mt. Olive Institutional Baptist Church in Saginaw, will deliver the noon message at Sarvis. The dinner celebration will be at 6 p.m., Jan 16 at the Riverfront Banquet Center, One Riverfront Center in downtown Flint.

This event is open to the public. Luncheon tickets are $35 per person, dinner tickets are $50 per person and sponsorship of a table seating 10 is $500. RSVPs and purchase of tickets are requested by Jan 10.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation for Mott Community College at 810-762-0425; Baker College of Flint at 810-766-4115; or Davenport University 810-732-9977. Please make checks payable to MLK Tribute and mail to: Foundation for Mott Community College, 1401 E. Court St., Flint, MI 48503.

Dr. Cuff works diligently in the National Baptist Convention and its Congress, the nation’s oldest and largest African-American religious convention with an estimated membership of 7.5 million. A member of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, Dr. Cuff has also preached and taught extensively in nations throughout Africa as well as in churches, conventions, colleges around the U.S. He provides leadership to several special Christian education assignments in Christian education with the Sunday School Publishing Board based in Nashville, Tenn. and the American Baptist College.

The MLK Tribute Dinner is sponsored by Baker College of Flint, Davenport University, HealthPlus of Michigan, Kettering University, Mott Community College, The University of Michigan-Flint and other local businesses.

The Foundation for Mott Community College will have valet parking available and the ramp catwalk leading to the conference center will also be open. For more information, please call the Foundation for Mott Community College at 810-762-0425. — G.G.

If you go

WHAT: 35th Annual Citywide Tribute Dinner

WHEN: Luncheon at noon; dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 16

WHERE: Sarvis Conference Center, 1231 E. Kearsly St., Flint

DETAILS: 810-762-0425

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