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

May 31, 2018

by Andre E. Johnson and Anthony J. Stone, Jr. On April 4, 1968, on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee in front of Room 306, an assassin shot and killed the nation’s prophet of non-violence. The previous night, not feeling the best and against his own wishes, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reluctantly showed up at a rally supporting the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ where he delivered a speech… Read more

April 11, 2018

University of Memphis Communication grad student and activist Earle J. Fisher gave a lecture on April 10, 2018, titled, “King, Cone, and Cleage: Critiques of the Shortcomings of #MLK’s Nonviolent Theology by His Contemporaries” at Memphis Theological Seminary in room F-201. He was the guest of R3 founder and managing editor, Dr. Andre E. Johnson’s class on Martin Luther King Jr. Rev. Earle J. Fisher is a native of Benton Harbor, Michigan. This preacher, professor, writer, and social activist graduated… Read more

March 16, 2018

Unrolled thread from @aejohnsonphd #MLK50 #BlackLivesMatter #WhiteChurchQuiet #EmptyThePews Donate to the Work of R3 Like the work we do at Rhetoric Race and Religion? Please consider helping us continue to do this work. All donations are tax-deductible through Gifts of Life Ministries/G’Life Outreach, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, and our fiscal sponsor. Any donation helps. Just click here to support our work. Read more

March 10, 2018

On Friday, March 9, 2018, the New York Times published a story addressed what the author called, “a quiet exodus” of Black people leaving white evangelical churches. Below is my twitter thread about this story. Unrolled thread from @aejohnsonphd #WhiteEvangelical #WhiteEvangelicalism #EmptyThePews #GetOut Donate to the Work of R3 Like the work we do at Rhetoric Race and Religion? Please consider helping us continue to do this work. All donations are tax-deductible through Gifts of Life Ministries/G’Life Outreach, a 501(c)(3)… Read more

March 6, 2018

One of the last campaigns that Martin Luther King worked on was the Poor People’s Campaign. In announcing the campaign, King said that his SCLC would lead “waves of the nation’s poor and disinherited to Washington, D. C., next spring to demand redress of their grievances by theUnited States government and to secure at least jobs or income for all.” Further, he said: We will go there, we will demand to be heard, and we will stay until America responds…. Read more

February 26, 2018

Below is a special issue on “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump” in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric (JCR). From the Journal: The Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric (JCR) is a peer-reviewed publication that publishes original scholarship that that promotes critical engagement with rhetorical dimensions of current events (those of the past 18 months or so). In promoting the practice of public intellectualism, JCR offers an outlet for scholarship that is both intellectually rigorous and accessible to lay audiences. To this end, JCR specifically seeks to publish… Read more

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