King’s seminary classmate to speak in Ben Avon

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A seminary classmate of Martin Luther King Jr. will share memories of his friend in a brief talk at noon Sunday in Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon.

Egyptian-born psychologist James Beshai will discuss a friendship with the civil rights leader that began in 1950, when both men were students at Crozer Theological Seminary outside Philadelphia. The two men exchanged letters and met after graduation both in the United States and in Egypt.

Mr. Beshai, who taught at Duquesne University and worked at the now-closed Dixmont State Hospital, is a staff psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lebanon, Pa.

The title of his free talk is “You Are as Good as Anyone: Martin Luther King’s Narrative of Friendship and Forgiveness.”

His presentation will follow the 10:30 a.m. service and fellowship time at the church. Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon is at 7501 Church Ave.

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