Streams into Rivers of Justice: The role of spirituality in African American Environmental Activism.

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Madison B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Ellen Kohl, Priscilla McCutcheon
Chairs: Priscilla McCutcheon


In this session, we bring together activists, spiritual leaders, and academics to explore the role of spirituality among African Americans in environmental activism, and in the process, expand our understanding of environmental activism. From the times of slavery through the Civil Rights movement, spirituality has played a critical role in the radical activism of African Americans in the U.S. At the same time, spirituality has remained an understudied component of environmental activism. This panel is an extension of a workshop held at the University of Louisville with the support of the Antipode Foundation. This panel will build on the conference themes to explore the following questions:

1) How does spirituality influence African American involvement in environmental activism?
2) What specific spiritual expressions do we see in African American environmentalism?
3) How do African Americans spiritual engagement with the environment helps us to expand our definition of spirituality more broadly?
4) How does an engagement with spirituality expand our understanding of what activism is?

Support for this panel comes from an International Workshop Award from the Antipode Foundation.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Kate Derickson University of Minnesota 5
Panelist Garrett Graddy-Lovelace American University School of International Service 15
Panelist Emma DeVries Duke University 15
Panelist Ellen Kohl St. Mary's College of Maryland 15
Panelist Darciea Houston HBCU Paul Quinn College 15
Panelist Rev Dele Souls & Soils 15

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