Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter
On August 12, Jalane Schmidt—associate professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies and Black Lives Matter—was in Charlottesville organizing against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally. Less than a week after the tragic event, she sat down for an interview, which was part of a Berkley Forum conversation aimed at addressing a central question: “What role has religion played in fighting injustice or, conversely, in contributing to the prejudices the world saw on display in Charlottesville?”
Seven months after the Charlottesville events, Schmidt visited Georgetown to shed light on the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement. Reverends Yolanda Pierce and Jim Wallis joined her on stage to discuss religion’s interaction with the movement, considering the extent to which progressive religious groups are interacting with Black Lives Matter, and whether or not white evangelical theology may be fueling the alt-right movement that so strongly opposes their efforts. Terrence Johnson moderated the discussion, examining how both young clergy of color and civil rights leaders are involved in the movement.
A reception followed the event.