Dismantling Racism: Where do we go from here?

This year at the Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly, a panel of experts will equip us in the struggle against racism in our local communities and our nation. We are excited to announce that the distinguished panelists for Dismantling Racism: Where do we go from here? The panelists will discuss various forms of racism, and how we, the faith community, must respond. Downlaod the program.

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is a Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He was formerly the pastor of a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church in Boston committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Two books of note that he has written are Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times and The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity.

Rev. Dr. Velda Love is the Minister for Racial Justice for the United Church of Christ (Cleveland, OH). She was previously the Director of Justice and Intercultural Learning at North Park University and on staff at Second Baptist Church (Evanston.) She was also a member and ordained deacon at Trinity UCC (Chicago). She leads workshops nationally and is noted for her course “Sankofa: Transforming Society and Christian Ministry through History, Culture and Race.”

Dr. Michael Emerson is the Provost at North Park University. He was previously Professor of Sociology at Rice University (Houston) and is considered one of the leading scholars on race and religion. He has written many books including Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America and Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Christian Convictions.

Dr. Reggie Williams is an Assistant Profess¬or of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary. He was previously a professor at Baylor University. His recent book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance has garnered much critical praise. He lectures widely on racism and the church.


Professor Juan F. Perea, JD is a Professor of Law at Loyola University. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and Boston College.  He has written extensively on racial inequality, the Black and White binary paradigm of race, the legal history of race relations in the United States, and the civil rights of Latinos including the books Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America and Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States.

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