Candler’s Black Church Studies Program will welcome Tamura Lomax as distinguished guest speaker for the annual Anna Julia Cooper Lecture on Feb. 21. Lomax will speak on “Erotophobia and Hypermoralism: The Black Church, Jezebel, and the Disabling Politics of Splitting.” The lecture will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building. A free boxed lunch will be provided for all those who register by Feb. 14 at 5:00 p.m. Register here.

Lomax is an educator, writer, and co-founder/CEO of The Feminist Wire, an online publication committed to feminist, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist sociopolitical critique. She received her PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in Black Religion and Black Diaspora Studies and developed expertise in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Black British and U.S. Black Cultural Studies. She is the co-author of Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Cultural Productions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and author of the forthcoming book Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2018).

Under Lomax’s leadership, The Feminist Wire has garnered an annual readership of 1.5 million and launched a press series with the University of Arizona. It has published more than 2,000 intersectional and justice-centered scholarly essays, organized the first university conference on Black Lives Matter, and coordinated various forums on topics such as black (academic) women’s health, disabilities and race, and racism and anti-racism in feminism.

This annual lecture of Candler’s Black Church Studies Program is named for Anna Julia Cooper, one of the most influential black scholars of the 19th and 20th centuries. Born into slavery in 1858, Cooper graduated from Oberlin College and the Sorbonne, becoming the fourth African American woman in the U.S. to earn a PhD. She served as a public school teacher and principal in Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years, and remained a prominent educator, activist, and author until her death at age 105.

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