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"Black Lives Matter": Understanding the Movement

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A presentation sponsored by The St. Bart's Church Episcopal Peace Fellowship Ministry, featuring Dr. C. Vernon Mason.

Rev. Dr. C. Vernon Mason is Visiting Professor of Urban Ministry, African-American History and Religion at New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York. Dr. Mason currently teaches a class at NY Theological Seminary on "Black Lives Matter", as well as on "20th Century Civil Rights Movements: Theological, Political, and Historical Perspectives", and on the "Theology of Youth Urban Ministry". He was formerly a member of the seminary's faculty from 2000 to 2010, and during that time period, also served as CEO of UTH TURN, an at-risk youth intervention project associated with NY Theological Seminary. He rejoined the faculty group there in 2016 as Visiting Professor. Dr. Mason holds an MBA from Indiana University and a JD from Columbia Law School, and he began his legal career with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. From 1973 - 1995 he was a Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney representing thousands of victims of discrimination, racially motivated violence and police brutality.

Dr. Mason answered his call to the ministry in 1995 and was ordained in 1999. Completing his Doctor of Ministry in 2009 at NY Theological Seminary, his doctoral thesis entitled "A New Paradigm for Urban Youth Ministry: The Story of Uth Turn in New York City 1999-2008" received the Excellence in Ministry Award.

Additionally, since 1976, Dr. Mason has been a member of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1978 - 1988, and has been on the Board of Deacons since 1990.


A Q&A session will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served.

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