Sacred Roots: Exploring Black History Through the Lens of the Black Church
By Dr. Lillie Johnson Edwards


What you’ll discover in this Course:

Course Summary

"Sacred Roots" is a comprehensive exploration of the intertwined narratives of Black history and the Black Church. This course delves into the pivotal role that the Black Church has played in shaping the African American experience, identity, and struggle for liberation. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will examine historical, sociological, theological, and cultural perspectives to gain a deep understanding of the dynamic relationship between Black history and the Black Church.

Course Description

As we journey through the contours of Black history and the Black Church, students will emerge with a heightened awareness of the profound impact of faith and community on the quest for freedom and dignity. "Sacred Roots" equips students with the knowledge, empathy, and critical thinking skills necessary to confront contemporary challenges and contribute meaningfully to ongoing conversations around race, religion, and social justice.Join us as we uncover the sacred roots that bind together the story of Black America and the enduring legacy of the Black Church.

Dr. Lillie Johnson Edwards

Lillie Johnson Edwards, PhD served as the founding Director of Pan-African Studies and as Director of American Studies at Drew University in Madison, NJ before retiring in 2016. While at Drew, she received awards for university faculty service and for excellent and distinguished teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Prior to working at Drew, she taught at DePaul University (Chicago, IL), UNC-Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC), and Earlham College (Richmond, IN).  As a public intellectual committed to bringing African American studies to adult audiences, Dr. Edwards lectures and consults with corporations, libraries and archives, historical societies and museums, faith-based communities, and school districts. She has lectured on a broad range of African American topics for the National Jewish Museum (Washington, DC); Apple, Inc.; Check Technologies (New York); the Fritz Ascher Society (New York); the League of Women Voters; the Montclair Adult School and the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning; the New Jersey NAACP, and other organizations. Using compelling images as historical evidence, Dr. Edwards gives audiences a broad and deep understanding of African American and U.S. history. Known for a lecture style that inspires stimulating, candid conversation about challenging topics, she combines intellectual and scholarly knowledge with a profound personal commitment to social justice. Her lectures illuminate the contemporary human condition and elevate our common humanity.

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