July 16, 2019

by Katherine Whitfield and Andre E. Johnson Industry leaders recognize Tyler Perry as one of the most successful Black entertainers of all time.1 As the first African American to own a major film studio, Perry has also realized success as an actor, playwright, filmmaker, and producer. Even those who have never seen a Tyler Perry production will likely recognize his name as synonymous with that of his signature character, Madea. Though Perry has expanded his focus in recent years to include… Read more

July 4, 2019

by Sam Perry As a professor, I have had students debate with one another whether or not Christianity contributes to racial inequality or racist practice. Last fall, one student argued faithfully and fervently that St. Thomas Aquinas would have objected to the Holocaust while another student pointed to Aquinas’s just war theory and argued that perhaps Christianity is quite a vessel for violence. I struggle with what faith might mean in contemporary environments and political situations. As I read about… Read more

June 25, 2019

Courtney Pace, Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall, (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019). ISBN: 9780820355061. Freedom Faith is the first full-length critical study of Rev. Dr. Prathia Laura Ann Hall (1940–2002), an undersung leader in both the civil rights movement and African American theology. Freedom faith was the central concept of Hall’s theology: the belief that God created humans to be free and assists and equips those who work for freedom. Hall rooted her work simultaneously in social justice, Christian… Read more

June 25, 2019

by Andre E. Johnson and Earle J. Fisher On June 17, 2015, white supremacist Dylann Roof walked into Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Charleston, South Carolina, with a .45 caliber Glock handgun while members were having their Wednesday night bible study. After sitting through the mid-week bible study, near the close of the meeting and after praying with them, Roof shot and killed Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Reverend Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders,… Read more

May 2, 2019

Our Founder and Editor, Andre E. Johnson, Ph.D. is guest editing a special issue of Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture. Focused on the rhetoric of African American call narratives, this issue seeks to expand our understanding of call narratives by placing emphasis on the “listening” part of the call.  Please see the call below. Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture is publishing a special issue titled, “Here I Am, Send Me: The Rhetoric of African… Read more

October 20, 2018

The R3 book series is pleased to announce the publication of The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter by Amanda Nell Edgar and Andre E. Johnson.  About the Book: In The Struggle over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter, Amanda Nell Edgar and Andre E. Johnson examine the surprisingly complex relationship between Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter as it unfolds on social media and in offline interpersonal relationships. Exploring cultural influences like family history, fear, religion,… Read more

June 17, 2018

On April 4, 2018, America commemorated the 50th year anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The social media landscape was full of think pieces, editorials, long-form essays and reflections that centered on the life and legacy of America’s prophet of nonviolence. News stations and newspapers from all around the world produced stories and interviewed people who lived during King’s time and those who did not. However, much of the commemoration focused on the memory of King and… Read more

June 12, 2018

I am pleased to announce the publication of this special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric I edited titled “From the Mountain Top and Beyond: Contemporary Meanings and Understandings of the Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., 50 Years Later.” Dislocations and Shutdowns: MLK, BLM and the Rhetoric of Confrontation Andre E. Johnson During the last year of King’s life, his ability to persuade and to gain a national consensus around issues of war, poverty, economic injustice, and the… Read more

June 9, 2018

The R3 book series is pleased to announce the publication of  Desegregation and the Rhetorical Fight for African American Citizenship Rights: The Rhetorical/Legal Dynamics of “With All Deliberate Speed” by Sally Paulson. About the Book: Focusing on the NAACP’s twentieth-century attempt to overturn the “separate but equal” doctrine through school desegregation cases, Desegregation and the Rhetorical Fight for African American Citizenship Rights analyzes the rhetorical/legal dynamics inherent in the struggle to determine African American citizenship rights. This book begins by identifying the fundamental… Read more

June 4, 2018

  I am pleased to announce that the Spring 2018 special issue of the Journal of Communication and Religion is now out. Christopher A. House and I had the pleasure of guest editing this special issue titled, Communication, Religion, and Race in America: 50 Years Later and Where Do We Go from Here? In the first article, “The Most Dangerous Negro in America”: Rhetoric, Race and the Prophetic Pessimism of Martin Luther King Jr., I and my co-author Anthony J. Stone focused… Read more

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