Black Dignity: The Political Theology of #BlackLivesMatter

Conversations at the Center featuring Vincent Lloyd

The concept of dignity is a common denominator of the abolitionist movement, the U.S. civil rights movement, the black power movement, black feminist movements, and #BlackLivesMatter.

To what extent is there a specifically black understanding of dignity? How does it resonate with Catholic and secular liberal accounts of dignity, and how can it complicate those accounts? How do black organic intellectuals, such as Paul Robeson, exemplify black understandings of dignity — not only as conceptualized but as performed?

Join us as Vincent Lloyd explores the role of a black political-theological account of dignity as it contributes to new moral vocabularies around racial justice movements today.

Note: This event is the presentation of a a specialized academic paper and is not written for a general audience.

Vincent Lloyd (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is associate professor of religious studies and of global interdisciplinary studies at Villanova University. He directs the Villanova Political Theology Project, co-edits the journal Political Theology and directs Villanova’s Africana studies program. Lloyd’s books include "Religion of the Field Negro: On Black Secularism and Black Theology" (Fordham, 2017), "In Defense of Charisma" (Columbia, 2018), and "Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons" (Oxford, 2019, with Joshua Dubler). His research has been supported by a variety of institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies and the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Oct 03 2019 - 11:45am
West Hall, Room 135
Tempe campus