'Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God' – April 21

Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas will address the Elon community on the topic of "Stand Your Ground," the subject of her most recent book.  

Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Please join us this Thursday, April 21 from 6-7 p.m. in the McBride Gathering space for a lecture by theologian Kelly Brown Douglas. Douglas will speak on the subject of her most recent book: Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.

After Trayvon Martin’s death and the acquittal of his killer, theologian Kelly Brown Douglas was plagued by the questions: 

“Why is it becoming increasingly acceptable to kill unarmed black children?”

“Why are they so easily percevied as a threat?”

“How are we to keep our black children safe?”

She writes, “As the mother of a black male child, I find these to be urgent questions. The slaying of Trayvon struck a nerve deep within me. After Jordan [Davis], then Jonathan [Ferrell], then Renisha [Marie McBride] I was practically unnerved. I knew that I had to seek answers. This book reflects my search for those answers.”

Please join us on Thursday to hear how Dr. Douglas answered those questions and to engage in dialogue about the crisis that continues to shape our public sphere.

This event is co-sponsored by Religious Studies; Truitt Center; African-African American Studies; Poverty and Social Justice; and the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society.