Religion in public life
in Black Leadership speaker series brings Rev. Robert M. Franklin
to U.Va. March 26. Franklin will speak on Tough Love: How
Religion Enriches and Complicates American Public Life at
5 p.m. in Minor Hall Auditorium.
is the president of the Interdenominational Theological Center
in Atlanta, the nations foremost center of African-American
theological education. The author of the 1997 book, Another Days
Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis, Franklin
urges church communities to help solve the countrys social
problems. He also wrote Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment
and Social Justice in African-American Thought, examining the
ethical work of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm
X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Chicago native born in 1954, he went to Morehouse College in Atlanta
and the University of Durham, England. After getting his Masters
in Divinity from Harvard, he returned to the University of Chicago
for his Ph.D. He has held a dozen academic and religious posts
over the past 23 years, including working for the Ford Foundations
Rights and Social Justice Program.
panelists Julian Bond, professor of history,
and Wallace Best, professor of religious studies,
will comment on Franklins talk, which is sponsored by the
for Public History, the Center
for Religion and Democracy and the Darden
Graduate School of Business Administration. A reception will
follow in Minor Hall lobby.