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Claflin University Thanksgiving Program Scheduled for Nov. 21

Dec 02, 2011


Claflin University will host its annual Thanksgiving Program on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel. The Rev. A.A. Dicks, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the program.

“We invite the entire Claflin University family and community to come give thanks by donating items to those in need,” said President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale. “This is truly a time of year to celebrate our many blessings.”

The University's various organizations and departments are currently collecting items to make a Thanksgiving meal for local families in need.

Dicks is currently the senior pastor of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Simpsonville. Prior to that, he served 10 years in a variety of positions at Meeting Place Church International in Columbia. He is only the first African-American to serve as associate director of admissions at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in that institution's 200 year history.

He earned a Masters of Arts degree in religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University. Dicks become an ordained minister in 1999 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where his father, Rev. A.A. Dick, Sr. was the pastor.

Dicks also facilities Power Lunch Columbia, an outreach ministry which has the mission of bringing worship into the workplace in the Midlands.

Donations for Thanksgiving meals can be dropped at the Office of Career Development on campus by no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Snell, assistant vice president of student development, by phone at (803) 535-5338 or by e-mail at

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