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Terrence L. Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Government

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January 6, 2022

Black Faith and the Black Radical Tradition

The Berkley Forum invited scholars and practitioners to reflect on the relationship between Black faith and the Black radical tradition in historical and contemporary perspective. The forum was inspired by Senior Research Fellow Terrence L. Johnson’s latest book, We Testify with Our Lives (Columbia University Press, 2021).


Terrence L. Johnson is an associate professor of religion and politics in the Department of Government. He is also a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, an affiliate member of the Department of African American Studies, and serves on the executive committee of the Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. Johnson’s research interests include African American political thought, ethics, American religions, and the role of religion in public life. He is the author of We Testify with Our Lives: How Religion Transformed Radical Thought from Black Power to Black Lives Matter (2021) and Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy (2012) and serves as co-editor of the Duke University Press Series Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People. Johnson holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.