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Professor of African-American Religion to Speak at Bristol Public Library, King University, Jan. 16-17

BRISTOL, Tenn., January 3, 2017 – The King University Institute for Faith and Culture welcomes Julia M. Robinson, author and University of North Carolina Charlotte professor. She will speak on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library located at 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Va., and on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Complex on King University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., as part of the Institute’s 2016-17 Lecture Series. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“The King Institute for Faith and Culture is pleased to host Dr. Julia Marie Robinson as a speaker on the day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Shannon Harris, Ph.D., director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture. “Dr. Robinson is an excellent scholar and teacher, and has a deep understanding of the African-American church and the civil rights movement. Dr. Robinson has a seminary degree from Princeton, and is well versed in theology and African-American churches. She has served local church congregations in Charlotte, North Carolina, in addition to her duties as a professor at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Robinson is an engaging and eloquent speaker.”

Julia M. Robinson, who received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, is an associate professor of African-American religion and religions of the African Diaspora in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Robinson’s teachings include African American religious history, 20th century African-American history, the modern civil rights movement, and critical race theory and religion.

“Trained as a historian, I address the ways in which historical contexts within American History have often shaped religious ideology and provoked events of radicalized violence and terrorism,” said Robinson. “In particular, I study the ways in which ritual, sacrifice, and ideas of the sacred have historically shaped ideas around race, violence, and movements of social-political change, particularly as they relate to the local black church.”

Dr. Robinson writes and speaks extensively about Black history, religion, and culture. Her book “Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: The Making of Urban Detroit, 1910–1946” explores how Rev. Robert L. Bradby’s church, Second Baptist Church of Detroit, became a catalyst for economic empowerment and the formation of an urban African-American working class in Detroit.

Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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