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Hillsdale College’s Darryl G. Hart Named President of Mencken Society

HILLSDALE, Mich., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hillsdale College announced today that Darryl G. Hart, distinguished associate professor of history at Hillsdale College will be installed as president of the Mencken Society and deliver the 2017 Mencken Memorial Lecture at 2 p.m. on September 9, 2017, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Mencken Day 2017 celebration.

Darryl G. Hart, distinguished associate professor of history at Hillsdale College
“It’s an honor to be chosen to take the helm of the Mencken Society and to speak at this year’s Mencken Day activities,” Hart said. “I’m looking forward to the chance to discuss the fascinating character of H. L. Mencken with others interested in the legacy he’s left behind.”
Titled “When America Was Great and Baltimore Knew Better,” Hart’s lecture is the centerpiece of the library’s event which honors the works and legacy of the “Sage of Baltimore,” Henry Louis Mencken. The speech will explore material from Hart’s recently published book, Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken, which explores how Christianity framed Mencken’s skepticism and concerted criticisms of American culture.
As the speaker for the 2017 Mencken Memorial Lecture, Hart joins the ranks of esteemed previous lecturers including author Christopher Hitchens, long-time editor of The American Scholar Joseph Epstein and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley.
Mencken Day 2017 will also feature several exhibits on Mencken, open to the public throughout the day. Other activities will be hosted at the Maryland Historical Society. The society’s France Hall will open its doors for the Mencken Society’s annual meeting, featuring an address by Baltimore lawyer George W. Liebmann, followed by Hart’s lecture. For a full schedule of Mencken Day 2017 events, visit http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/menckenday.
About Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 3.6 million. More information is available at hillsdale.edu.

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Worship Celebration For Mary Harvin Center

BALTIMORE, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Dr. Donte’ L. Hickman, Sr., pastor, Southern Baptist Church, the leaders, members and community will have a worship service celebrating the restoration of The Mary Harvin Senior Center. The worship celebration comes exactly one year after the building was tragically destroyed by fire during the unrest that followed the tragic death and funeral of Mr. Freddie GrayThe service will be held: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 7PM, Southern Baptist Church, 1701 N. Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21213.

The Mary Harvin Senior Center is a 61 unit affordable senior housing facility and a community services center designed to restore people as the Church rebuilds properties in East Baltimore. The building honors the memory of a founding member of Southern Baptist Church who would have celebrated her 100th birthday this past January. The Center is the vision of the Southern Baptist Church to provide another affordable housing facility to complement their first development project, The Coel, Grant, Higgs Senior Housing facility, a 60 unit senior housing facility. During the unrest on April 27, 2015, several businesses were looted and facilities were set on fire. The Mary Harvin Senior Center, a casualty of the unrest, was 45% complete when it burned to the ground.

That same night, Pastor Donte’ Hickman was on the west side of Baltimore leading pastors and the faith community in a march to quell the riots and extinguish a fire when he was called to respond to the fire that had engulfed the Church’s vision sponsored by its Mary Harvin Transformation Center Community Development Corporation.

Rushing to the scene of the fire, Pastor Hickman watched as the building burned to the ground and began to field questions from media outlets from around the world. His message in the face of the fire was, “As a people of faith we believe we will rise from the ashes and rebuild.” That statement of resiliency and tenacity through faith was heard around the world. And what was a tragic fire became a tremendous light on an underserved community and its blight towards its revitalization.

Southern Baptist Church is eternally grateful for the step-by-step collaboration with The Woda Group in developing The Mary Harvin Senior Center. Pastor Hickman and Woda Senior Vice President Kevin Bell worked together tirelessly to pursue the low income housing tax credits, the political capital and the municipal support needed to ensure the project’s success. Southern is even more grateful for the determination of The Woda Group, the State Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Housing, and the project’s financial partners, Hudson Housing Capital and Capital One Bank, to remain within the community and rebuild the center. After restarting construction, the Mary Harvin Senior Center was completed 69 days ahead of the scheduled completion date.