Education Week: Why Christopher Columbus matters

Aug 26, 2019 846

BY: Emma Benson

Clark Hinckley, son of former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley and author of “Christopher Columbus: A Man Among the Gentiles,” spoke about the importance of Columbus during an Education Week session on Wednesday, August 21. Hinckley began his address by sharing a series of experiences he and his family had that related to Columbus.

He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spain and frequently passed a statue of Columbus. He lived in New York with his wife just a few blocks from Columbus Circle and Columbus Avenue. His oldest daughter studied at Columbia University. He and his wife served a mission in Barcelona and often walked past another Columbus statue. Hinckley said he has often encountered the name “Columbus.”

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