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Online Forum with Pew Research on Black Religious Affiliation


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Online Forum with Pew Research on Black Religious Affiliation



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Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society, is collaborating with the Pew Research Center to host an online forum on the theme of “Black religious affiliation.” Organized in consultation with Kelsey Beveridge of the Pew Research Center, this online forum will put into historical context recent data compiled by the Pew Research Center on Black religion and Black life in America. The online forum begins on Thursday, February 10, and concludes on Thursday, February 17. The forum will include essays from Sherman Jackson, Kijan Bloomfield, Jemar Tisby, Vaughn Booker, Nicole Myers Turner, and James Padilioni

During the online forum, Black Perspectives will publish new blog posts every day at 6:00 AM EST. Please follow Black Perspectives () and AAIHS () on Twitter, like AAIHS on Facebook, or subscribe to our blog for updates. By subscribing to Black Perspectives, each new post will automatically be delivered to your inbox during the week of the roundtable.

About the Participants

Sherman A. Jackson is the Distinguished Professor and King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, as well as Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, at the University of Southern California. Dr. Jackson has written extensively on the intersection of Islam and race. His previous books include Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection (2005), Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering (2009), and his most recent book, Initiative to Stop the Violence: Sadat’s Assassins and the Renunciation of Political Violence (2015). 

Kijan Bloomfield is the editor and founder of the Lived Africana Religion in the Time of COVID-19 (LARC), a digital humanities project. She earned a Ph.D. in religion, with a certificate in African American Studies, from Princeton University in 2018. Currently, Dr. Bloomfield is working on an ethnographic book on the religious views and traditions of residents in Kingston, Jamaica. Her teaching…



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