Ruby Doris SmithCandler’s Black Church Studies Program will host its annual Anna Julia Cooper Lecture on Feb. 22, featuring Evelyn L. Parker as this year’s speaker. Parker, Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and associate dean for academic affairs at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, will present “Fortitude and Faith: Reflections on the Life of Ruby Doris Smith.” Atlanta native and Spelman College graduate Ruby Doris Smith was a lead activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement.

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. 15 at 5:00 p.m. Register here.

Evelyn L. ParkerEvelyn L. Parker has served on the Perkins School of Theology faculty since 1998. Her research interests include religious identity and spiritual formation in African American adolescents, adolescents in sociopolitical movements and their understanding of vocation, and adolescent resiliency. The author of Trouble Don’t Last Always: Emancipatory Hope Among African American Adolescents (Pilgrim Press, 2003) and the co-author of In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church (Abingdon, 2002), Parker also served as editor of The Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls: Hard Stories of Race, Class, and Gender (Pilgrim Press, 2006). She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, the International Academy of Practical Theology, and the Religious Education Association.

This annual lecture 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.

Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.