Robert M. Franklin To
Speak March 26 On Religion In Public Life
12 , 2002-- The Explorations
in Black Leadership speaker series brings Rev. Robert M. Franklin
to the University of Virginia 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 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.
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 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. While a professor at Emory University,
he wrote Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice
in African-American Thought. In that book, he examines the ethical
work of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X and Martin
Luther King Jr.
panelists Julian Bond, professor of history, and Wallace Best, professor
of religious studies, will comment on Franklins talk, which
is sponsored by the Institute 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.
"Explorations in Black Leadership" project brings key
civil rights figures to Charlottesville, where they participate
in public forums and videotaped interviews with Bond.
is the eighth speaker in the series, which began in September 2000.
Others have included civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill; Elaine Jones,
U.Va. law alumna and director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education
Fund; civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers, chancellor of North Carolina
Central University; Mary Futrell, dean of the Graduate School of
Education and Human Development at George Washington University
and former president of both the Virginia Education Association
and National Education Association; Roger Wilkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist and professor of history at George Mason University;
Earl G. Graves, founder, chair and CEO of Black Enterprise Magazine;
and Rev. Floyd Flake, a former U.S. Representative and pastor of
the Allen A.M.E. Church of Jamaica in Queens, NY.
Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189