UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, scholars from across the country will soon converge on University of Richmond’s campus for a national symposium exploring the politics of black religion through the legacy of Wyatt Tee Walker, a distinguished theologian and civil rights leader.  

The symposium, Wyatt Tee Walker and the Politics of Black Religion, is Feb. 19-21. The symposium will open at the University of Virginia followed by two days of events at the University of Richmond.

Walker, who passed away in 2018, gifted his personal collection to Boatwright Memorial Library. The collection includes hundreds of items, including Walker’s personal papers, recorded sermons, and memorabilia.

“We look forward to highlighting Walker’s strategic role in the modern black freedom movement as well as his deep engagement in all facets of American life and culture,” said Corey D.B. Walker, visiting professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and School of Arts and Sciences and convener of the symposium. “Walker’s life is a critical lens for examining a number of issues confronting the prospects and possibilities of democracy in America.”  

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will feature a public conversation on “Race, Religion, and Politics in an Age of Extremes” with internationally recognized speaker and spiritual leader The Reverend Canon Nontombi Naomi Tutu. A full event schedule can be found at

“This event will highlight the Walker Collection and encourage scholars to engage with this important collection,” said Walker.


Image Credit:  Curbside Sermon From Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, April 5, 1970. Photo: Michael Evans, The New York Times

Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Public Conversation
"The Politics of Black Religion in the Age of Trump"
The Rotunda, Dome Room
University of Virginia

Thurs., Feb. 20, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Opening Reception
Camp Concert Hall,
Booker Hall of Music
University of Richmond

Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

All events take place in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion
"Aesthetics of Black Religion"

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion
"Democratic Faith of Black Religion"

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 
Panel Discussion
"Politics of Black Religion"

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion
"Rethinking Black Religion, Rethinking Public Life" 

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Keynote Presentation

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Closing Reception


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