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‘Black Church, Politics and African American Community’ Talk on
Nov. 2


Accomplished scholar and historian Dr. Clarence Taylor and Abyssinian Baptist Church Reverend Violet Dease will give a talk, “Black Church, Politics and the African American Community,” as part of “Black Solidarity Day” at City Tech, Monday, November 2, 11 a.m., in the Atrium Amphitheater. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Hazel Gibbs, Department of African American Studies, at 718.260.5205.

Dr. Taylor and Rev. Dease will examine how the Black Church has been an important institutional force in the political landscape of the African American community. Preceding their talk will be an hour of additional activities, including City Tech Professor Diane Wilson speaking on the origins of Black Solidarity Day and a performance by the City Tech Choir and by students in City Tech’s “Black Theater” class.


Dr. Taylor, chair of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College, is the author of three books: The Black Churches of Brooklyn from the 19th Century to the Civil Rights Era (Columbia University Press, 1994), Knocking At Our Own Door: Milton A. Galamison and the Struggle to Integrate New York City Schools, (Columbia University Press, 1997) and Black Religious Intellectuals: The Fight for Equality from Jim Crow to the 21st Century (Routledge, 2002). He is also co-editor of Civil Rights Since 1787: A Reader on the Black Struggle (New York University Press, 2000), which won the Gustavus Myers Prize in 2001. He is completing a book on the New York City Teachers' Union.

Rev. Violet Dease is Assistant Pastor and in the past served as Assistant Minister for Social Ministries and Dean of The Abyssinian Institute for Christian Education at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, serving under the tutelage of The Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III.  She is first woman to preside over the ordinances in Abyssinian’s 200-year history. A native of Cheraw, SC, Rev. Dease holds a master of social work degree from Howard University and a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. In December 2002, she was featured in Glamour Magazine as a top religious leader, and The African American Pulpit has honored her as one of the nation’s “20-To-Watch” emerging ministers.

The November 2 Black Solidarity Day event is sponsored by the City Tech Department of African American Studies, Black Male Initiative, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, Black Students’ Union and Black Women’s Network Committee.


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