August Quarterly Panel Discussion: The Black Church and Interfaith Traditions
Saturday, August 18, 2018  2:00 PM
Copeland Room, Delaware History Museum - Wilmington
New Directions in African American Heritage


August Quarterly from the Henry Szymanski Collection, August 27, 1939, DHS CollectionAugust Quarterly, or “Big Quarterly,” is an African American religious festival that filled Wilmington’s French Street with throngs of people for over 150 years, and has deep roots in African Union Methodism.  Peter Spencer, a free man of African descent, organized the first gathering in Wilmington in August 1813, shortly before the Union Church of Africans was incorporated. The 1814 festival was the first in connection with the Union Church of Africans as an incorporated body, and is still celebrated today.

This year’s week-long celebration will be marked by a special panel discussion at the Delaware Historical Society’s Mitchell Center on the role of interfaith religious traditions in the Black Church.  Participants in the discussion represent intellectual perspectives on practices of Judaism, Islam, humanism and evangelicalism by people of African descent in the U.S.  They will explore commonalities and differences in the spiritual traditions, as related to forms of cultural expression, social protest and social justice movements, including hip hop.  Their discussion with audience participants is intended to encourage inspiring thought about how African Americans of all spiritual backgrounds are ultimately one community, diverse in our faith, beliefs and practices, but united in a message of liberation.  Across different forms of worship, we come together to seek equality, justice and freedom of expression and participation in American life.

Panelists include Sylvia Chan-Malik, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University; Christopher Driscoll, Assistant Professor of Religion Studies, American Studies, and Africana Studies at Lehigh University; Monica R. Miller, Associate Professor of Religion and Africana Studies and Director, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Lewis R. Gordon, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut.

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