Resurrecting Democracy: Ferguson, Black Life Matters, and the Gospel of Liberation

Rev Osagyefo Sekou -- April 5, 2015 | Easter Sunday

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"Resurrecting Democracy: Ferguson, Black Life Matters, and the Gospel of Liberation" .

Duration: About 24 minutes | Key Scriptures: Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24; Mark 16:1-8

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Rev. Sekou was arrested twice in Ferguson —once for praying in front of riot police and later while co-leading a group of religious leaders on Moral Monday.

In addition to numerous media appearances, recent writing and reflections on Ferguson include: And the Young Ones Shall Lead Them: "The Ferguson Rebellion and the Crisis in Black Leadership" (co-authored with Dr Cornel West), "The clergy's place is with the protesters in Ferguson" and "The Gospel is not a Neutral Term."

He is the author of two collections of essays: 'urbansouls','Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy', and the forthcoming 'Riot Music: British Hip Hop, Race, and the Politics of Meaning'.

Rev. Sekou was Scholar in Residence at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute in 2014 before going to Ferguson in mid-August on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (where he is a Freeman Fellow) to organize alongside local and national groups, training hundreds in non violent civil disobedience.

The Rev. Sekou served on the Platform Committee for the National Political Hip Hop Convention, as well as Senior Adviser on Urban Public Policy for the 2004 Kucinich Presidential campaign. Rev. Sekou is a Professor of Preaching at the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education in the Graduate Theological Urban Studies Program in Chicago, IL.

He has studied continental philosophy at the New School, systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, religion at Harvard University, and lectured throughout the country and abroad.