News Release:

Sep. 7,  2010

Candler's Black Church Studies Celebrates 20 Years

The Black Church Studies program of Candler School of Theology celebrates its 20th anniversary with a weekend long conference and celebration on the Emory University campus, September 10-12, 2010.

The conference, under the theme “The Viability of the Black Church in the 21st Century,” will open Friday, September 10 with an alumni luncheon and close Sunday, September 12 in worship.  

Dr. Alton Pollard, Dean of Howard University School of Divinity, will serve as the opening keynote speaker Friday night and Dr. Robert Franklin, President of Morehouse College, will deliver the keynote message on Saturday night during the black-tie banquet celebration. Both Pollard and Franklin previously served as director of Candler’s Black Church Studies program, Pollard from 1989 to 1995, and Franklin from 1998 to 2008. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics at Candler, is the current director of the program.

In its 20 years, more than 100 students have received Black Church Studies certificates through concentrated study of the history, personalities, scholarship, research, discipline and practices of Black faith systems and institutions.