Personally Speaking Looks at Role of Religion and Race in Urban Areas

During the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and West, the local black church was essential in the making and reshaping of urban areas. In Detroit, one church and one minister in particular demonstrate this power of the pulpit.

Julia Marie Robinson, UNC Charlotte associate professor of Religious Studies, looks at the role black churches in urban areas in Race, Religion and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit (Wayne State University Press).

Be part of a community conversation about this intersection of race and religion in American history at Personally Speaking with Julia Marie Robinson on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, a prelude to Black History Month.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St. (Charlotte 28202). A reception and book-signing will follow immediately after Robinson’s presentation.

Personally Speaking is open to the public without charge, but registration is requested. Complimentary parking is available at lots directly across 9th and across Brevard streets from UNC Charlotte Center City.

This is the third in the four-part 2016-2017 Personally Speaking series, now in its seventh year. It is presented by UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and J. Murrey Atkins Library with support from UNC Charlotte Center City.

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