Black August: Charlene Sinclair and Everette Thompson on “Jesus Christ in Texas” by W.E.B. DuBois

Black August Series

August 30, 2022, 7:30pm Eastern Time

To close our series, Dr. Charlene Sinclair will take us on a deep dive into an essay by W.E.B. DuBois which is addressed in the final chapter of James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree. DuBois, whose historical and sociological work has been deeply formative in the Abolition Democracy organizing tradition, wrote “Jesus Christ in Texas” as part of a collection of autobiographical essays, poems and short stories published in 1920 under the title Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil. Dr. Sinclair will draw from her doctoral dissertation in which she examined the work of James Cone, including the often overlooked relationship between his analysis and W.E.B. DuBois’ work.

Dr. Sinclair will be joined in dialogue by Everette Thompson, Program Officer for Human Rights at the Heising-Simons Foundation.

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Optional Reading: “Jesus Christ in Texas” by W.E.B. DuBois

Dr. Charlene Sinclair is an organizer, thinker, and writer whose work centers on the intersection of race, economic justice and democracy. Charlene serves as a consultant, trainer, and adviser to leading social change organizations and individual prophetic leaders, and she is the Chief of Staff for Race Forward. Strongly influenced by the pathbreaking thought of the late James Cone, Dr. Sinclair helps to fashion strategies that embrace a liberationist approach to faith and spirituality in the context of popular struggles for racial and economic justice. She holds a Ph.D. in social ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Everette R. H. Thompson is a program officer for the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation and a master of divinity candidate at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Everette has over 20 years of experience in community organizing, organizational development, and movement building with a focus on the South. He has worked as a trainer and alumni support organizer with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD), with the Unitarian Universalist Association as a political education and spiritual sustenance specialist and consultant, at as a national justice and equity coordinator, and as regional director of Amnesty International USA’s Southern Regional Office.