Black History Month Speaker Series Feat. Dr. Christopher Cameron

DateFebruary 10, 2022
Time3:30 - 4:30 pm
LocationPaul L. Foster Campus for Business & Innovation, Room 143/144
DescriptionJoin us on Thursday, Feb. 10, for our Black History Month Speaker Series!

This talk will explore the origins of black freethought among 19th-century enslaved peoples, many of whom could not reconcile notions of a loving God with their condition on Earth. The talk will then examine the intersection of freethought with twentieth-century cultural and political movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, radical leftist politics, and the Black Power movement. Dr. Cameron argues that religious skepticism was prevalent among some of the most prominent voices in African American history, including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, A. Phillip Randolph, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Huey Newton, and Alice Walker.

This talk is presented by the Department of History and the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.

Christopher Cameron is Professor of History and Interim Chair of the Africana Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was the founding president of the African American Intellectual History Society. Cameron received his B.A. in History from Keene State College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research and teaching interests include early American history, the history of slavery and abolition, and African American religious and intellectual history. Cameron is the author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (Kent State University Press, 2014) and Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019). Cameron is also the co-editor of Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter: Essays on a Moment and a Movement (Vanderbilt University Press, 2021) and New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2018).
PublisherHistory Department
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