Posted on February 24, 2017, BY Matt Hughes

Activist, organizer and minister Nyle Fort will explore the moral and spiritual dimensions of the Black Lives Matter movement in a talk at Bucknell University on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre inside the Elaine Langone Center. The talk is free and open to the public and is part of the Griot Institute's The Black Body (Re)Considered spring lecture series.

Since the shooting death of Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., organizers, faith leaders and community members from across the country have united under the banner Black Lives Matter to protest police brutality and systemic racism. Fort's talk will explore the movement with emphasis on questions concerning the role of the black church, the politics of black spirituality and the sacredness of black life.Fort is a Ph.D. student in religion and African-American studies at Princeton University. He is widely known for his activism in Ferguson to further advocate for the Movement for Black Lives. He has also initiated and established efforts such as Newark Books and Breakfasts, which provides books and a meal to youth and their families. He travels nationally and internationally intersecting various movements for freedom and civil rights. Fort received his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College and master's of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also serves as a minister, organizer and scholar.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the English department. 

The Black Body (Re)Considered series is intended to engage the campus community and beyond in an extended conversation about the black body from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, historical context and agency, particularly as they concern representations and realities of the black body as impacted by racism, as well as aesthetic, economic, sociological and psychological inequalities. This conversation is particularly critical in light of the crises of the present moment, which are linked to and inextricable derive from the realities of the past. 

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