Social and Racial Justice

Teddy Hickman-Maynard

Humans of HDS: Prepared for This Moment

February 24, 2022

“One of the things you realize when you start to do social justice work is that you don’t get anywhere alone. Without community and partnership, you can’t move the needle on any area of community empowerment, development, ant-discriminatory, or anti-oppressive work in order to make structural change that alleviates burdens on the marginalized.”—Teddy Hickman-Maynard, Associate Dean for Ministry Studies at HDS... Read more about Humans of HDS: Prepared for This Moment

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Enduring Memories of Toni Morrison

February 23, 2022
On the eve of what would have been the late novelist Toni Morrison’s 91st birthday, HDS Professor Davíd Carrasco shared stories from his 32-year friendship with the Nobel laureate during a remote lecture hosted by the Harvard Extension Alumni Association Midwest Chapter.
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The United States Pays Reparations Every Day—just Not to Black America

February 3, 2022
Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS and a Harvard Kennedy School faculty member, and Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS, explore why the extensive U.S. system of restorative justice is so disconnected from the multi-faceted, intergenerational harms suffered by Black Americans.
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For Black LGBTQ Christians, Storytelling Is a Tool of Resilience

January 27, 2022
In the year since starting Pride in the Pews, Don Abram, MDiv '19, has interviewed people from across the country, ages 22 to 85, each with a unique relationship with the Black church. Driven by a deep love for both the Gospel and the Black church’s legacy of social justice, Mr. Abram aims to mine their stories for insights that can help congregations become more welcoming toward LGBTQ members. 
Sultan Ahmed Khan, MDiv ’24

Humans of HDS: Interfaith Harmony

January 21, 2022

“I want to emphasize how important it is to depoliticize peace building and relationship building. I want to bring people from different walks of life together in this larger experience, because we tend to, as human beings—and this is very much present in all cultures—live in our own silos.”—Sultan Ahmed Khan, MDiv ’24... Read more about Humans of HDS: Interfaith Harmony

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Professor John Brown Reflects on Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2022

“May we all remember that the time and the place of a man’s life on earth are the time and the place of his body, but the meaning of his life is as vast, as creative, and as redemptive as his gifts, his times, and the passionate commitment of all his powers can make it.”—Howard Thurman, April 4, 1968, With Head and Heart... Read more about Professor John Brown Reflects on Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered as Twelfth Baptist Church Honors Wu with MLK Legacy Award

January 9, 2022

The Rev. Willie Bodrick II, MDiv '14, senior pastor at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, stood at the pulpit Sunday and recalled the first time he met Michelle Wu a decade ago. The two were graduate students at Harvard—Wu in law school and Bodrick at the divinity school—when they took a class with renowned Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree. One day after class, Ogletree introduced Bodrick to Wu, telling them, “You all should get to know each other.”