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The Black Voice & Theological Education

February 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us online for a conversation of higher learning between Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III, President of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and Rev. Dr. Anne Bain Epling, Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne as they candidly discuss the connection between the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and current events including the Black Lives Matter movement, the tragedy surrounding the death of Breonna Taylor, what our role in the community can be to fight against systemic inequality, as well as the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary Black Church Studies Program.

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The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III is Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s tenth president. He began his service with Louisville Seminary in September 2018. A scholar, author, consultant and speaker on the subject of African American and U.S. religion and culture, Pollard was previously dean of the School of Divinity and professor of religion and culture at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his eleven years at Howard University, Pollard served as director of black church studies and chair of American religious cultures at Emory University, and taught at Wake Forest University and St. Olaf College.

Pollard is the author of Mysticism and Social Change: The Social Witness of Howard Thurman (1992) and a new edition of W.E.B. DuBois’s The Negro Church (2011) as well as coauthor of Helpers for a Healing Community: A Pastoral Care Manual for HIV/AIDS (2006). He has edited and co-edited several volumes including How Long This Road: Race, Religion and the Legacy of C. Eric Lincoln (2003); The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman Volumes I and II (2009); and The Black Church Studies Reader (2016). He has also written dozens of book chapters, journal articles, and op-eds.

He serves on the board of directors for the In Trust Center for Theological Schools and the Advisory Committee for the Luce Fund for Theological Education. Pollard served on the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools from 2010-2016 and was chair from 2014-2016. He is an active member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and the American Academy of Religion.

Pollard earned his doctorate from Duke University, his Master of Divinity degree from Howard Divinity School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fisk University.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pollard and his wife Jessica have two adult children and three grandchildren.


February 3
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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300 West Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, 46802 United States
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