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January 24, 2020 in News

Special to the Mississippi Link,



The MS Legislative Black Caucus Foundation for Education for Economic Development (FEED) will have its Annual Blackmon, Ellis, Fredericks and Young Banquet, Thursday, January 30, at the Westin Jackson Hotel, Jackson, MS at 7:30 p.m. The speaker for this year’s banquet is Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., MSNBC political commentator.

Glaude, according to his bio, is a scholar who speaks to the black and blue in America. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities and reveal complexities, vulnerabilities and opportunities for hope. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.”

Other muses include James Baldwin, Malcolm X and Bobby “Blue” Bland. In addition to his readings of early American philosophers and contemporary political scientists, Glaude turns to African-American literature in his writing and teaching for insight into African-American political life, religious thought, gender and class.

He is chair of the Department of African American Studies, a program he first became involved with shaping as a doctoral candidate in Religion at Princeton. He is the current president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include African-American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude is also the author of two edited volumes, and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. He has also written for the likes of The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Known to be a convener of conversations and debates, Glaude takes care to engage fellow citizens of all ages and backgrounds – from young activists, to fellow academics, journalists and commentators, and followers on Twitter in dialogue about the course of the nation. His scholarship and his sense of himself as a public intellectual are driven by a commitment to think carefully with others in public. Accordingly, his writing and ideas are cited and shared widely.

Claude, originally from Moss Point, Mississippi, will share during his visit to his native state, “2020 – The Gathering Storm.”

Tickets available to the public for $100. For ticket information, contact Patricia Trowles at 601 954-9645.