Noted Scholar of African-American History To Deliver Divinity School’s Parks-King Lecture

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and chair of African and African-American studies at Harvard University, will deliver the Parks-King Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Her talk, “Patriotism and the Dilemma of the Black Prophetic Voice,” will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Niebuhr Hall, Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect St. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Sarah Smith Gallery.

Higginbotham’s writings span diverse fields, including African-American religious history, women’s history and civil rights. One of her most cited and reprinted articles is “African American Women’s History and the Metalanguage of Race.”

She is the author of “Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church: 1880-1920” and co-editor, with Henry Louis Gates Jr., of the “African American National Biography” — a multi-volume reference work that presents African-American history through the lives of people.

Hosted by Yale Divinity School, the goal of the Parks-King Lecture is to highlight the contributions of African-American scholars, social theorists, pastors and social activists.

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