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Dr. Lincoln Bingham Speaks at Convocation


Dr. Lincoln Bingham speaks to University of the Cumberlands staff and students during Monday's convo

Williamsburg, Ky.- University of the Cumberlands’ first convocation service of the semester was held on Monday, January 16, and marked both Founder's Day and Dr. Martin Luther King Day. The featured speaker was Dr. Lincoln Bingham.

Bingham has served as a Christian voice and witness to Louisville and the surrounding areas for over 40 years. He has served as pastor of the West End Baptist Church and the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for a combined total of 42 years. Bingham is connected with many organizations and holds several positions with the Kentucky Baptist Convention as well as serving as Black Church Development Consultant.


Matthew McCoy and Michelle Warnky are the recipients of this year's Sullivan Awards.

While speaking at Cumberland, Bingham brought forth an inspiring message centered on inclusiveness with several references to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He noted how King was "moved by the power of love" and always maintained his integrity.

In celebration of University of the Cumberlands’ Founders Day, several words were spoken about the young men who started the university. Dr. Rick Fleenor, Cumberlands’ Church Relations Director, read an excerpt from Cumberland President Jim Taylor’s history book titled “A Bright Shining City Set on a Hill,” which chronicles the university’s history.

“The history of University of the Cumberlands is one of strength. While future generations will clearly benefit from the efforts of today, it is equally true that we are beneficiaries today of all those yesterdays. The past is but a prologue; the best is yet to be. While crisis and conflict are seen on the pages of time, there always have been those few who dared to dream, who attempted that which was not believed possible and who were willing to sacrifice everything to bring it to pass; so shall it continue to be in our journey toward greater heights,” quoted Fleenor.

The Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were also given out during convocation. Each year one male and one female senior are given this award. This year’s recipients are Michelle Warnky, from Worthington, Ohio, and Matthew McCoy, from Hamilton, Ohio.

The awards are given annually to a graduating senior male and female who have demonstrated outstanding spiritual qualities, satisfactory academic achievement, a high degree of leadership ability and a willingness to participate to extra-curricular activities.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a private liberal arts university in its 117th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for busy adults.