Black Church Studies

First Black Students at Divinity School Became Church and Community Leaders

Friday, January 25, 2013

The first black students to attend Duke Divinity School became highly regarded leaders in the church and in their communities.

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When the Duke University Board of Trustees voted March 8, 1961 to desegregate the university's graduate and professional schools, it was a move that had long been supported by many Divinity School students and faculty (see Divinity School a Leader in Push for Integration).

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MLK Commemoration: "We Have the Power"

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rev. William Turner, professor of the practice of homiletics, invites the university to proceed with the momentum it started 50 years ago during a Jan. 20 service commermorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Divinity School a Leader in Push for Integration

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Friday, January 25, 2013
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Integration

As Duke University marks the 50th anniversary of the first black undergraduate students at Duke, we look back at integration at the Divinity School.

Thirteen years before the Duke University Board of Trustees voted in 1961 to desegregate the graduate and professional schools, Duke Divinity School faculty and students, motivated by their Christian faith, had started pushing for integration through soul-searching discussions and written petitions.

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William Turner to Deliver MLK Keynote Jan. 20

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Turner, professor of the practice of homiletics and a member of one of the first classes to include African Americans, will speak on "Praise, Protest & Power: 50 Years in the Making," complementing the 50th anniversary of Duke's first black undergraduate students.

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2013 Durham Pilgrimage

Friday, February 1, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, February 2, 2013 (All day)
TBD
cdavis@div.duke.edu or tbatemon@div.duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies and the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will lead a two-day pilgrimage throughout the city of Durham, N.C.

Divinity School students, faculty, and staff may participate on this spiritual journey of learning and understanding the importance of race relations and reconciliation.

Registration is required.

2013 MLK Lecture Series with James Forbes as Guest Lecturer

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:25am to Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 2:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room
Tara Batemon at obcs@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3461

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor the 2013 MLK Jr. Lecture Series featuring Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus at the Riverside Church and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation in New York City.

Each April, the MLK Jr. Lecture Series features national community leaders who address the issues of justice, peace and liberation in relation to the black religious experience. The Series exposes seminarians, Divinity school faculty and alumni, and local preachers and their congregations to preachers whose ministry had impact on the civic spere or scholars whose work has been instrumental in changing the nature of ministry in the church and in the larger world.

The schedule for Tuesday, April 2nd is:

11:25 AM - Worship in Goodson Chapel (Rev. Forbes preaching)

12:30 PM - Community lunch in Alumni Memorial Common Room - open to public - $5

6:00 PM - Lecture and Dinner - $10 ($5 for students)

The schedule for Wednesday, April 3rd is:

11:25 AM - Worship in Goodson Chapel (Rev. Forbes preaching)

12:30 PM - Lunch with Rev. Forbes and BSU officers and students

Registration is required by Monday, March 25, 2013.

2012 Gardner C. Taylor Recordings on iTunes

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Audio recordings of the sermons and lecture are available on iTunes U.

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Pastor Zan Wesley Holmes Jr.Audio recordings from the 2012 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series are now available on iTunes U.

The Sept. 25-26 event, sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies, featured Pastor Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. and the Rev. Clarence Laney Jr.

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