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Harrison-Jones delivers keynote speech at MLK event

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Crispus Attucks High School rescheduled the Dr. Martin Luther King Junior program to last Friday. The Rev. Winterbourne LaPucelle Harrison-Jones, author and fifth-generation minister, was the keynote speaker. He is the pastor of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. 

Harrison-Jones is a 2006 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington D.C., and a 2010 graduate of the historic Fisk University in Nashville Tenn., where he earned his bachelors degree in religious and philosophical studies. 

Harrison-Jones received his Masters of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity Shool in Rochester, N.Y., where he is currently a doctoral student. He also holds degrees and professional certification from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, the Hertie School Governance in Berlin and the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain.

While pursuing his Masters of Divinity degree in New York, Harrison-Jones became a leader in the cultural arts and religious community, providing support, advocacy and creativity to various organizations and initiatives. The crown jewel of his time in Rochester was his work as youth and young adult pastor at the historic Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. 

Harrison-Jones has always been a champion of the arts. In Indianapolis he served on the board of directors for Freetown Village, Ashante children’s theater and Libada Dance Company.

 He is married to Jillian Harrison-Jones, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is director of MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and the Richard W. Wesp assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. 

Harrison-Jones lives by a credo shaped by the words of noted scholars and theologian Dr. Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive!”

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