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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religion Professor
Chapel Dean

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Scarlet, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Trout, Salmon, Eel, Crabcakes, Green Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ that Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1941
Birth Location:
Dawson, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religion Professor
Chapel Dean

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Scarlet, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Trout, Salmon, Eel, Crabcakes, Green Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ that Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1941
Birth Location:
Dawson
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Biography

Chapel Dean and religion professor Lawrence Carter was born in Georgia to John and Bernice Carter and grew up in Ohio. He received his B.A. degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg and his M. Div., S.T.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Boston University. After his graduation he served as Baptist Counselor, Residential Counselor, and Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Afro American Cultural Center, and as Associate Dean of Daniel L. Marsh Chapel at Boston University. He went on to teach at Harvard University Divinity School and serve as coordinator of African American studies at Simmons College.

Carter eventually became a tenured professor at Morehouse College, a college that Martin Luther King Jr. had tried to recruit him for years earlier. In 1979, Carter became the first Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and college curator. In the same year, Carter also founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Assistants Pre-seminarians Program at Morehouse. In 1982, he began lecturing at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

Carter was responsible for choosing and researching the site for the new edifice for Ebenezer Baptist Church, a church that both Martin Luther King Jr. and his father preached at. Carter has published several books, including Walking Integrity: Benjamin Elijah Mays, Mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and Global Ethical Options, in the Tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Daisaku Ikeda . He also commissioned the Gandhi Ikeda King Hassan Institute for Ethics and Reconciliation in 1999, and created the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize of the Morehouse Chapel in 2001. Carter is an advocate of the work of Doctor Daisaku Ikeda, president of the lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakki International, and has done much to publicize Ikeda’s work in the U.S., including helping to create a traveling museum exhibit on the life and work of Gandhi, King, and Ikeda.

Carter has received four honorary degrees from Lincoln University, Al al-Bayt University, and Soka University of Japan. He has been elected delegate to numerous international religious conventions, among them the Second and Third Synthesis Dialogues in Italy. He has also been given many awards, such as the Seikyo Award for Highest Honor and the Trumpet Award for Spirituality. Carter has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow twice, a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, and has been voted a member of the Class of Leadership Atlanta.
Lawrence Carter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 15, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lawrence Carter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter describes his relationship with his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter describes the foods of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter remembers his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lawrence Carter describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter remembers pivotal moments from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter describes his maternal grandmother's home in Dawson, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter remembers his maternal grandmother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter recalls his convalescence in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter remembers his first train trip to Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter remembers his early education in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter remembers his fifth grade teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter talks about his academic achievements at Garfield Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter describes the Hilltop neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter describes the Hilltop neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter describes his mother's occupations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter remembers the day of his mother's funeral
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter describes his experiences at West Junior and Senior High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter describes his role as bailiff in the student court at West Junior and Senior High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter recalls his decision to attend Virginia Theological Seminary and College in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter remembers meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter describes his call to ministry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter talks about his baptism and the pastor of his church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter recalls his first encounter with racial discrimination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter remembers a minstrel show from his youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter recalls attending Virginia Theological Seminary and College in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter remembers a valuable lesson about his education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter recalls his early jobs as a teenager
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter remembers working as a camp counselor at Camp Wheeler in Chesterville, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter recalls applying to the Boston University School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter explains the difference between licensure and ordination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter remembers facing racial discrimination in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter remembers the events of the Cold War
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter describes his membership in the Un-American Activities club
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter reflects upon his experiences during the 1960s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter describes his participation in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter describes his graduation from Virginia Seminary and College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter describes his vacation on Huckleberry Island in Canada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter remembers a close friend
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter recalls his childhood adventures in a junkyard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lawrence Carter describes his dating experiences at the Boston University School of Theology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Lawrence Carter recalls meeting his wife
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Lawrence Carter's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter describes the early years of his marriage
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter recalls his start as a university instructor
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter talks about his organizational memberships in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter remembers joining the Masons
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter describes the connections between Masonry and Christianity
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter talks about his appointment as dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Chapel
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter describes his plan for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Chapel
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Lawrence Carter remembers his relationship with the King family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Lawrence Carter describes the Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel Assistants Pre-seminarians Program
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Lawrence Carter remembers the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter remembers Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter recalls the activities at Morehouse College in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter describes the Leadership Atlanta program
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter talks about his involvement in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter talks about Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s expulsion from the National Baptist Convention, USA
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter describes his son
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter talks about his research for his books
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter remembers his ethics research in the Fulbright-Hays Program
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Lawrence Carter describes the culture and geography of Brazil
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Lawrence Carter remembers revitalizing the campus of Morehouse College
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter remembers reinterring Benjamin Mays at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter recalls finding the new location for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter recalls editing the centennial collection of Benjamin Mays' writings
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter talks about founding the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Institute for Global Ethics and Reconciliation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter talks about founding the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Institute for Global Ethics and Reconciliation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter describes his peace work after September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter remembers hosting Cheikh Anta Diop at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter describes the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Lawrence Carter recalls his inaugural address at the Soka University of America
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Lawrence Carter recalls planning the first Interfaith Resurrection Assembly
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Lawrence Carter talks about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Lawrence Carter describes his various honors
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Lawrence Carter talks about his wife
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Lawrence Carter shares his plans for the future
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Lawrence Carter reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Lawrence Carter shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Lawrence Carter shares his thoughts about contemporary churches, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - Lawrence Carter shares his thoughts about contemporary churches, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 11 - Lawrence Carter shares his gratitude in joining The HistoryMakers collection