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 demonstrated this power of the pulpit.
In Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit (Wayne State University Press), author Julia Marie Robinson explores how Bradby and his church became the catalyst for economic empowerment, community building, and the formation of an urban African American working class in Detroit. The book makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of the intellectual and political histories of religion in black urban life in cities like Detroit. It also raises questions about the intersections of race, religion and migration in urban areas today.
Join the conversation with Robinson, a prelude to Black History Month, at Personally Speaking, the author/researcher series presented by UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte Center City.
The conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. Ninth Street, Charlotte 28202). A book signing and reception will follow.
Personally speaking is open to the public without charge, but RSVPs are requested: Register here. Information will be sent later about accessing complimentary parking in the lot directly across Brevard Street from UNC Charlotte Center City.
Robinson is associate professor of African-American religions and religions of the African Diaspora in the department of religious studies. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a member of the Presbytery of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
This is the third in the series of four Personally Speaking conversations for 2016-2017.