Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, Chief of Chaplains, U.S. Navy, will speak during Christian Emphasis Week (CEW) at Samford University Sept. 19-21. The public is invited to the service at 10 a.m. each day in Reid Chapel.
Black returns to Samford by popular request following his convocation address to students in fall, 1999.
A graduate of Oakwood College, Admiral Black is also an alumnus of Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Salve University and U.S. International University. He holds master's degrees in divinity, counseling and management, a doctorate in ministry and a Ph.D. degree in psychology.
Black's previous assignments have included Assistant Staff Chaplain, Chief of Naval Education and Training, Pensacola, Fla.; and Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va., as well as duty stations in Okinawa, Japan; San Diego, Calif.; Newport, R.I.; Beaufort, S.C.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
He is the author of more than 35 articles that have been published in a variety of religious journals. The recipient of the Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal and two Meritorious Service medals, Black was selected from 137 nominees for the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights.
Dr. Bernard Williams, pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Birmingham, will serve as musician/praise leader during CEW. A noted recording artist and songwriter, he was appointed dean of music for the National Baptist Convention USA in 1997.