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'A Sublime Madness of the Soul:' #Black Lives Matter, Protest Movements, and the Struggle for Social Justice in America

February 09, 2017
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

Juan M. Floyd-Thomas
Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion
Associate Professor of African American Religious History

While the #BlackLivesMatter movement has riveted the world's imagination and sparked political debates in recent years, Dr. Floyd-Thomas explores how the movement’s origins and evolution are actually rooted in the history of the United States as a “protest nation.” This presentation addresses #Black Lives Matter’s place within America’s grand tradition of protest movements, the moral politics of policing and gun violence, and the need to heal a deeply divided American nation.

Speaker Bio:
Juan M. Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of African American Religious History. Dr. Floyd-Thomas is author of The Origins of Black Humanism: Reverend Ethelred Brown and the Unitarian Church (2008) and Liberating Black Church History: Making It Plain (2014) as well as co-author of Black Church Studies: An Introduction (2007) and The Altars Where We Worship: The Religious Significance of Popular Culture (2016). He is currently working on his next book-length project focused on the intellectual, cultural, and political impact of African American religious movements in Harlem during the twentieth century.

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