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W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series Hosts Randal Jelks

Randal Jelks

Randal Jelks, associate professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies at University of Kansas will present his talk Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. at Elkins Auditorium, Malibu. 

Jelks' lecture will focus on "The Social Gospel in Black and White: Benjamin Elijiah Mays and the Redemption of America from Its Racist Past."

He holds courtesy appointments in History, Religious Studies, and is the co- Editor of the journal American Studies. He is also one of the founders and editors of a blog of African American Politics, Culture and Activism in Michigan.

Jelks is a graduate of South Shore High School (Chicago), the University of Michigan (BA in History), McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in History); he is also an ordained clergy person in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The award-winning professor and scholar has published both scholarly and journalistic articles. His research and writing interests are in the areas of American Religious History, Religion of the African Diaspora, and Civil Rights History. He is the author of the two award winning books, African Americans in the Furniture City: the Civil Rights Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography.

For more information about this event, please visit the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series website.

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