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N.J. secretary of state to speak, April 4

The Rev. DeForest Soaries Jr., New Jersey secretary of state and senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, will present a public lecture on "Church and State: Perfect Together?" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Soaries has been secretary of state since January 1999. Previously, he worked for the Urban League in Newark and Operation PUSH in Chicago.

Since assuming the leadership of First Baptist , in 1990, his progressive ministry has added 3,500 new members to the church. Internationally renowned as a speaker and author, Soaries is also an advocate for at-risk youth. He was invited by President Clinton and Gen. Colin Powell to address the call for volunteerism and saving America's at-risk youth at the President's Summit for America's Future in Philadelphia.

His lecture is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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