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The relevance of Martin Luther King's 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" will be the focus of the annual Lakeland University Mission House Lecture.

Everett Mitchell, senior pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison and also a circuit court judge in Dane County, will explore how student organizations and churches can become more than social clubs, and instead be living, sacrificing witnesses to the dignity and worth of all people.

The free talk is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Lakeland's Bradley Theatre. The Mission House Lecture is an annual talk by a leading religion leader and pays tribute to Lakeland's founding as Mission House College.

Mitchell is the founder and lead consultant of Re-Building You, which works with civilly committed sex offenders to embrace social responsibility by addressing the personal self so they can be responsible leaders in their communities when released and not re-offend.

Mitchell was previously director of community relations for the University of Wisconsin Madison and an assistant district attorney in Dane County, Wisconsin.

A Texas native who accepted his call to ministry at the age of 15, Mitchell graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and religion. He received both a Masters of Divinity in Christian ethics and a Masters of Theology in social ethics from the Princeton Theological Seminary.

He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, and received the Advanced Opportunities Fellowship as well as the Wisconsin Black Lawyers Award.

He has served congregations in the National Baptist, American Baptist, Full Gospel, Lutheran and United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Non-Denominational congregations.

Mitchell's theological focus has been examining the relationship of the church to social issues, such as poverty, war, incarceration and immigration.

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