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Unfinished Business: From the Great Migration to Black Lives Matter

Viewing and discussion of a musical documentary that showcases untold Great Migration [1916-1970] stories of elders from Black churches in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and connects their distinctive history to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement.


Date:

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 7:00PM to 8:00PM (EDT)

Location:

Calvin Theological Seminary Chapel
3233 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States of America

Join us for a night of learning with Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie. Dr. Boddie will present a documentary that is the fruit of her research into the oral histories of elders in historically Black churches. This musical documentary, “Unfinished Business: From the Great Migration to Black Lives Matter,” showcases untold Great Migration (1916-1970) stories of elders from Black churches in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and connects their distinctive history to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement. Memories like those featured in this musical documentary recall the legacy of terror and tenacity of Black people during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights era. These stories are also their testimonies.  

This presentation, which takes place during our week-long seminar “African American Religious Autobiography,” is free and open to the public. No registration is required. 

Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie is an assistant professor of Church and Community Ministries at Baylor University with appointments at the Diana R. School of Social Work, the School of Education and the George W. Truett Seminary. She is also a Faculty Associate at Washington University’s Center for Social Development and a Faculty Affiliate at University of Michigan’s Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being. A social scientist with over 20 years of experience and a classically-trained soprano, Dr. Boddie blends traditional research and oral histories with film, music, and conversations to create multisensory learning opportunities.