Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary presented by Emory University
Janet Dewart Bell will be discussing her new book, Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement, with Dr. Robert M. Franklin. The book is a groundbreaking collection of narratives based on oral histories that brilliantly plumb the leadership of African American women in the twentieth-century fight for civil rights.
Janet Dewart Bell is a social justice activist with a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University. She founded the Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society series at the New York University School of Law. She is the author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement. An award-winning television and radio producer, she lives in New York City.
Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Candler School of Theology, Emory University and Senior Adviser to the President of Emory University. He is former Director of the Religion Department at the Chautauqua Institution and President Emeritus of Morehouse College. Franklin is an ordained pastor in both the American Baptist Churches USA and the Church of God in Christ. He is the author of three books: Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities; Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis; and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought.
Dr. Nichole Renée Phillips is the Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She teaches and researches in the area of religion and American public life with a focus on the vision and moral commitments of communities, congregations, and their members. She is an itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her first monograph, Patriotism in Black and White, is a study of blacks and whites in a rural southern community and their shifting interpretations of American national identity and U.S. exceptionalism.