Reverend P. Mandel Childs to Give Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote

January 12, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Week, Reverend P. Mandel Childs will present his keynote speech, “Millennials: Movers and Shakers,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 in Brush Performance Hall at the University of Mount Union.

Rev. Childs is a 1991 graduate of Cleveland State University with a Business Administration degree concentration of study in Management & Labor Relations Law.  While attending Cleveland State, he was a standout track sprinter, active member of the NAACP, involved in student government, Freshman Advisor, and advocate for Social & Civil equality during the longest college protest in United States history. 

In 1996, Rev. Childs accepted his call to ministry under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr., Pastor of the Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood.  Rev. Childs successfully completed and passed, with Honors, his Ordination Exam in March of 2001.  After the call to ministry, he accepted his call to learn where he furthered his education at Ashland Theological Seminary with a focus in Homiletics & African American Religious Studies. 

Rev. Childs has served and lead in various ministries such as Youth Ministry as a teacher & director, Homeless Ministry, Singles & Marriage Ministry, Biblical Advisement prior to marriage, Athletic Ministry, Grief Recovery and also a  former Board Member for Youth for Christ. Other accomplishments and interest include coaching football, basketball, soccer & track, advisor to various mayors in the Greater Cleveland area, Activist (politically, socially, and generationally) and active Liaison to Council Members in the Greater Cleveland area. 

Rev. Childs is currently an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University. He teaches African American History and serves as an educator at Lutheran High School East, teaching African-American History, Health, Public Speaking and Family Living

Mount Union also celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Week with a campus-wide day of service sponsored by the University’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. On Monday, January 16, students and community members are encouraged to participate in a variety of service projects offered throughout the Alliance Community. To register as a volunteer, visit this link prior to prior to Thursday, January 12. Volunteers will be able to sign up the morning of the event, however location and T-shirt preferences will not be guaranteed. For more information on MLK Day of Service, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 204-4663 or at

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