"Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, the abolitionists of old, couldn’t vote their way to freedom. They had to do a lot more than that. That’s what I’m saying: We’ve got to do a lot more than that," says Cornell William Brooks, HDS Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership.
“I am here to gain my humanity back, so that I can go and serve humanity. It’s time for me to turn my face to the divine and say, ‘What is it that you have for me? Who am I? Shine the light on me so I can really know who you created me to be.’”—Erica Williams, MRPL '22... Read more about Humans of HDS: Take Care of You
Soon after Suzannah Omonuk (she/her) began studying at HDS, she came across an application for a student grant funded by Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Initiative, which examines Harvard’s connections to slavery through ongoing discussions, programming, and research. Omonuk learned about slavery as a child growing up in Uganda, but these lessons did not fully explain the aftermath seen and felt in the US and beyond. She began writing a poem, “The Story of Venus,” both to give voice to an enslaved young woman who worked on Harvard’s campus in the 1700s and to process her own experience as a young African woman in the United States. “I thought, what better way to do it than place myself in the shoes of another young Black woman who came to this country and who walked the streets of Harvard under completely different circumstances?”... Read more about Modeling Multireligious Community: Suzannah Omonuk, MDiv '23
From kincraft to Black Church burnings, Professor Todne Thomas teaches about the multidimensional character of human experience
Todne Thomas, Associate Professor of African American Religious Studies, is an esteemed ethno-grapher and an expert on kinship studies. But when it comes to titles, Thomas prefers something more personal: “My favorite titles are daughter and mother,” she shares. Her preferred honorifics point to who Thomas is at her core—a person who understands the eminence of connection.... Read more about Ethnography and Crafting the Story of Community