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Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society By Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon

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University of California San Diego

The International House, Great Hall

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

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"Building Beloved Community: ReConnecting Church and Community in the Midst of Racialized Chaos"

Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero. ~ West African Proverb

As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon's life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Her work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few.

Rev. Blackmon is listed in Magazine as one of the 2015 Power 100 and she is a featured writer in several Justice publications. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach! She has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis' 100 most influential voices as well. Rev. Blackmon currently resides in both St. Louis, MO, and Cleveland, OH and is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon, Harold II, and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.

"I speak for the lions. And we are many!" ~ Rev. Traci D. Blackmon

Light Refreshments: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Lecture: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST

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