Organized around Dr. Alisha Lola Jones’ Flaming?: The Peculiar Theo-Politics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance, this conversation will explore the various ways male gospel music performers negotiate identity, both within and beyond Black religious spaces.
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The program includes panelists, Dr. Alisha Lola Jones; author, Melvin L. Butler, University of Miami; Yvette Flunder, founder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ; Teddy R. Reeves, NMAAHC Curator of Religion; Rev. Elder Taylor, Senior Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church New Ark; and Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Associate Director, NMAAHC Office of Curatorial Affairs, who will moderate the discussion. Copies of Dr. Lola Jones' book are available for purchase courtesy of Smithsonian Enterprises.
This event is presented by the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life