Rev. Al Sampson Returns to GSU for 50-Year Celebration, Black History Month

Dr. Albert Sampson, Al Sampson
The Rev. Dr. Albert “Al” Sampson, far right, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo: GSU)

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Rev. Dr. Albert “Al” Sampson, one of the first graduates of Governors State University and among the last ministers ordained by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will mark the university’s the 50-year anniversary with an on-stage interview on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Sherman Hall.

Governors State University English Professor Rashidah Muhammad, an expert in African American history, will lead the discussion.

In “Reflections,” Sampson will share highlights from his journey, which includes marching with King and later earning a master’s degree in cultural studies from GSU in 1973. He will bring an inspirational message to students, encouraging them to help others.

“I want our students to understand why they are here at this university. GSU is an international jewel,’’ said Sampson, a retired United Methodist minister who now leads an initiative to draw young African Americans to the field of agriculture.

The GSU Foundation, in partnership with Student Life, is hosting the event, which is free. Reservations are required. RSVP here.

Rev. Dr. Al Sampson
The Rev. Dr. Al Sampson. (Photo: GSU)

 2019, GSU celebrates 50 years serving Chicago’s Southland through excellence in education.

This is a release from Governors State University.

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