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Spring 2023 Lecture Series: African American Legacy Lecture
The African American Legacy Lectureship honors the life and legacy of Mordecai Wyatt Johnson (1890-1976), who graduated from Rochester Theological Seminary in 1916; Howard Thurman (1900-1981), who graduated from Rochester Theological Seminary in 1926; and Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), graduated Crozer Theological Seminary; and their contributions to the traditions and history of Black Church in society and the world. In 2012 the leadership of CRCDS chose to commensurate these three named lectures into a Spring and Fall Lectureship to acclaim our notable alums.


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Dr. Kishundra D. King
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Black Religious Thought and Life Program @Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Dr. Kishundra D. King holds a Ph.D. degree in Religion, Psychology, and Culture from Vanderbilt University, where she was a Theology and Practice Program fellow. She has also earned an M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School and an M.S. in Counseling from Creighton University. Dr. King’s research focuses on Womanist pastoral theology grounded in Black girlhood experiences where she draws on her clinical counseling experiences and employs a Womanist approach to ethnography. In her classroom, Dr. King aims to create a formative learning environment where students develop their own identity and practice in Black religious thought and life. She has also served as a co-convener and conference planner in various academic settings. On July 1, 2021, Dr. King joined the faculty of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School as the Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Black Religious Thought & Life Program.
Rev. Dr. Jamie F. Eaddy-Chism, CRCDS '20
Womanist Theology, Loss Navigation Specialist, and Death Doula
As a Loss Navigation Specialist™, Dr. Eaddy-Chism is uniquely gifted to journey with people as they or their loved ones approach the end of this life. She works to create end-of-life plans to honor each client's full humanity - assisting them with spiritual, emotional, and practical needs. However, her work with loss does not center solely on death. Helping people navigate all kinds of loss- from loss of a relationship through breakup or divorce, loss of identity or sense of self, loss of hopes and dreams, and loss of a sense of normalcy is also a critical part of a work. As a non-anxious, non-judgmental journeywoman, she helps people explore what matters most to them, crossing over, bereavement care, and so much more. Dr. Eaddy-Chism also mentors others to provide grief and death care and has worked with several faith communities, community organizations, and corporations to support leaders as they take a more holistic approach to death and dying and processing grief communally.
Dr. Joi R. Orr
Assistant Professor Christian Ethics @Interdenominational Theological Center
Dr. Joi Orr is an Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA where she teaches Christian Social Ethics and Environmental Ethics. As a critical theorist her scholarship argues for African American land security and food sovereignty as a necessary component of social justice and Black liberation. She also teaches, writes, and presents on the topics of radical politics, utopian imaginations, and asset-based community development.
Rev. Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program @Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Rev. Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill is a faith leader, educator and higher education administrator who employs interdisciplinary and intersectional practices to: strengthen existing program structures; institute best practices; and develop innovative and sustainable programming for diverse organizations. She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Lane College (Jackson, TN), the Master of Social Work degree and Master of Education degree in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and the Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL). Dr. Thompson-Hill also earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology (Dallas, TX). Dr. Thompson-Hill is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has served in numerous local, regional and national capacities within the denomination.