Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Great Migration

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union


The MU Department of Religious Studies’s Annual Distinguished Lecture in Religion and Public Life will be held April 12 in Memorial Union. Dr. Judith Weisenfeld, Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion at Princeton University, will be the 2016 speaker.

The title of the talk is “Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Great Migration.”

Moorish Science Temple of America

The talk explores the intersections of religion and racial identity among black migrants from the South and immigrants from the Caribbean who encountered one another in the northern cities of the early twentieth century Great Migration and contributed to the religious transformations migration spurred. Focusing on the Moorish Science Temple, Father Divine's Peace Mission movement, congregations of Ethiopian Hebrews, and the Nation of Islam, all of which emerged in the context of urbanization, migration, and immigration, Dr. Weisenfeld wilI discuss members’ embodied approaches to alternative understandings of black racial identity and collective history to the dominant narratives provided by mainstream black Protestant churches and in broader American society.

Her new book, New World A Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity During the Great Migration, is forthcoming from NYU Press in Fall 2016.