Archbishop Iakovos Role In Civil Rights Movement

Iconic image of Archbishop Iakovos with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama, March 15, 1965.

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Leadership 100 commemorated in March, 2015 the pivotal role of Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory on the 50th Anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery Marches for Civil Rights in 1965 with a special issue of The Leader and with a Day of Service organized by the Leadership 100 Partners.  The courageous decision of the Archbishop to join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated his belief that all human beings are created in the image of God and so are entitled to human and civil rights.  In doing so, His Eminence once again elevated the Greek Orthodox Church in America to national prominence. As such, he was awarded with the Medal of Freedom in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter for his many contributions.

In acknowledgement of his role and of these historic events, Archbishop Demetrios joined President Obama and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the first Selma March led by John Lewis, now a member of the United States House of Representatives.

 Displayed here is the iconic Life magazine image of Archbishop Iakovos with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from the March 15, 1965 Selma March, along with pictures of Archbishop Demetrios in Selma on March 7, 2015 – 50 years later - illustrating the continuing commitment of the Greek Orthodox American Community to the critical cause of civil rights, which draws on the Orthodox Faith and Hellenic Heritage.

Leadership 100 wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the Very Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations, in organizing a historical overview of these events through printed materials, videos, lectures and a special section of the Archdiocesan website, civilrights.goarch.org. He was able to do this in part with funding from Leadership 100. The link here is to a lecture on the subject given by Fr. Michael Varlamos of Assumption Church in St. Clair Shores, MI at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City.

 

 

Archbishop Demetrios with President Barack Obama in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015.

 

 

Archbishop Demetrios with Rep. John Lewis in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015.

 

 

Archbishop Demetrios crossing Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama, March 7, 2015.

 

 

Schedule of Livestreamed Events
  1. Opening Forum, 9:45 am-10:45 am, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

Rev. Fr. Alexander Goussetis and Presvytera Kerry Pappas of the Center for Family Care.

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  1. Bible Study,11:00 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Health Forum, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019, George D. Behrakis,

Dr. George Dangas, Dr. Harry T. Anastopoulos

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  1. Hellenic College-Holy Cross Office of Vocation and Ministry, 8:45am-9:15am,Friday, February 22, 2019, Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director.

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  2. Lecture, 9:30 am-10:30 am, Friday, February 22, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Keynote Address, Business Forum, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019,

George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, Pro Football Hall of Fame

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  1. Glendi, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019

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  1. Saturday Forum, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019,

Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country

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  1. Grand Banquet, Estimated time 8:15 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100 and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios present the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to George Veras and Stellene Volandes. Archbishop Remarks.

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  1. Exclusive Interview of David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

by George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer. Estimated time, 9:15  pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

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