September 25, 2017

Gaines, Steven Tramel. No Half Savior: Jarena Lee’s Autobiography as Prophetic Rhetoric. Carolinas Communication Annual. Vol. XXXIII, 2017 The tradition of prophetic rhetoric stretches back to ancient Hebrew literature, and James Darsey’s The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America provides a fresh foundation for the study of prophetic rhetoric in the United States of America. Darsey’s book focuses on white men, and more recent scholarly literature further expands our understanding of prophetic rhetoric. For example, Kerith Woodyard urges the tradition to consider… Read more

September 25, 2017

How can we protest without offending people? Here’s a few ways: Read more

September 23, 2017

I believe that healthcare is a God-given right. Read more

September 21, 2017

How can a nation that claims to be founded on religious freedoms, and that many calls a Christian nation, continue to condone the death penalty? Read more

September 19, 2017

by Derrick Holmes This first appeared at Are You Up Yet? Growing up in the Bronx, New York, I was raised for the majority of my formative years by my grandparents.  My grandfather (Lord, bless his soul) was a very stern and serious man. Both intelligent and compassionate, much of what I have learned about what it means to be a man, I take from him. But, despite this model of merit that I had the privilege of being parented… Read more

September 19, 2017

If we believe that black lives matter, we must also realize black feelings matter. Read more

September 6, 2017

From the Mountain Top and Beyond: Contemporary Meanings and Understandings of the Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., 50 Years Later The Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric is planning a Special Issue titled “From the Mountain Top and Beyond: Contemporary Meanings and Understandings of the Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., 50 Years Later. In this special issue, we seek essays not only grounded in the rhetoric of King but those that point to King’s legacy 50 years later after his… Read more

September 4, 2017

On September 9, 1868, the Atlanta Constitution published a portion of a speech that Henry McNeal Turner was to deliver on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives. In the speech, Turner was to advocate for the “eight hour bill” pending before the House.  In submitting the speech for publication, Turner noted that the speech itself was not completed and several of his strongest points “had not been made.” However when he learned that the House intended to vote… Read more

August 24, 2017

The R3 book series is pleased to announce the publication of The Motif of Hope in African American Preaching during Slavery and the Post-Civil War Era: There’s a Bright Side Somewhere by Wayne Croft. Pre-order your copy today!  About the Book: The Motif of Hope in African American Preaching during Slavery and the Post-Civil War Era: There’s a Bright Side Somewhere explores the use of the motif of hope within African American preaching during slavery (1803–1865) and the post-Civil War era (1865–1896)…. Read more

August 19, 2017

On Wednesday August 16, 2017, I was a special guest on radio station 1340 WLOK’s Let’s Talk About It with Twana Coleman. We discussed the tragedy in Charlottesville and our own campaign (#TakeEmDown901) here in Memphis to take down the statues honoring heroes of the confederacy. We also asked the question, are conservatives and White nationalists the same on policy initiatives?     Read more




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