News from Montgomery College

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Date: September 26, 2003 (03-71)

Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Hosts Conversation About
Sexuality and the Black Church
AIDS Activist and Priest, Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, to Discuss Book on Oct. 8 

          The Women’s Studies Program at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus will host an evening with Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, author and scholar, on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.  Dr. Douglas will discuss her book, “Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective,” and hold a book signing. 

            An associate professor of religion at Goucher College, Dr. Douglas holds a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  She was among the first African American women to become Episcopal priests.  As a scholar, she examines the role of race and sexuality within religion.  In “Sexuality and the Black Church,” Dr. Douglas argues that sexuality is not discussed openly in the Black church, creating the wrong environment for solving problems, such as teen pregnancy and the AIDS epidemic.  Formerly a professor at Howard University Divinity School, Dr. Douglas is also the author of “The Black Christ.” 

 “Dr. Douglas is an important African American scholar,” said Professor Esther Schwartz-McKinzie, coordinator of Women’s Studies at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus.  “She promotes inclusiveness in religion, often going against the traditional gender roles found in Christianity.  She seeks to examine how cultural anxieties about sexuality developed within the Black church.”

            The event with Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas will be held at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus in the Resource Center, Room 204, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park.  It is free and open to the public.

            For more information about the event and the women’s studies program at Montgomery College, contact Professor Esther Schwartz-McKinzie at 240-567-1367.

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