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Rev. Otis Moss III, Keynote Speaker at St. Marks 10th Annual MLK "Keep the Dream Alive" Award

Rev. Otis Moss, III
Rev. Otis Moss, III
Renard Zellars

St. Mark Catholic Church in Evanston hosted its 10th annual Keep the Dream Alive Martin Luther King Ceremony on Monday January 18, 2010.  The theme this year is “Serve to Lift Up Our Neighbors and Our Community.”


The church was at full capacity as believers of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream gathered to honor his legacy and witness the “Keep the Dream Alive” awards.


Rev. Otis Moss, III, Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL was keynote speaker for the event.  He is the son of Rev. Otis Moss II who was on Dr. Martin Luther King’s staff and was married by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.  Rev. Moss III reminded the gathering, “God’s people have an obligation to reach out to those that hurt, to be Christ to those who are in need and to always provide a path for those that follow, as John the Baptist understood his role to provide a path for Jesus.”


He received his BA in Religion and Philosophy from MorehouseCollege where he served as Student Government President.  He graduated from Yale with a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Ethics and Theology having been awarded the FTE Benjamin Elijah Mays Scholarship in Religion and the Yale University Magee Fellowship.  Rev. Moss has been Adjunct Professor of VoorheesCollege, guest lecturer for the InterdenominationalTheologicalCenter, EmoryUniversity, PresbyterianCollege, PaineCollege, DillardUniversity, HowardUniversity, Yale, Harvard, and MorehouseCollege.  He has done extensive research in the areas of African-American culture, theology and youth development.  His first book, Redemption in a Red Light District, gained wide acclaim, as did his essays, articles and poetry.



Rev. Otis Moss addressed the crisis in Haiti. See video.   


  • Patrick Conl 5 years ago

    Reverand Moss's sermon was exteremly of his theme, standing on the shoulders of giants, made me look back at the Spirtual mentors that I have been blessed to meet....

    By being on the lookout, we can recognize Spirtual beings in our midst.....we can recongnize them by thier actions and their committment to Gods children......I suggest that all make a goal of indentifying a Spiritual people and let them infuence us...let their wisdom washs over us

    peace and love

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