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HBCUs, Homecoming & the Spirit of the Moment
The collegiate tradition of Homecoming has a place on many campuses, but has a special meaning for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. During a school year in which almost all such gatherings are limited or cancelled due to public health restrictions, how are HBCUs upholding the values of belonging, honor, and joy that Homecomings represent to their communities? What does it mean to celebrate a campus home during a tumultuous time in higher education and American life? Join us for a conversation among alumni and educators from HBCUs about the value of Homecoming.

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Oct 28, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Gloria Winston-Harris
Director, Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue @North Carolina Central University
The Rev. Gloria Winston-Harris is the director of the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue and executive director of the NCCU Wesley Foundation/Campus Ministry at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. A licensed provisional elder in the United Methodist Church, she received an M.D. from Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry in transformative leadership with a concentration in interfaith dialogue and peace building at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Before that, Winston-Harris was a police detective and crime scene investigator in Arlington, Virginia, and a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Amoni Thompson
PhD Student in the Department of Feminist Studies @University of California, Santa Barbara
Amoni Thompson is a poet who has the honor of calling Lumberton, North Carolina her home. Amoni graduated from Spelman College in 2015 with a BA in Comparative Women’s Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. She is currently a PhD Student in the Department of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her current research focus looks at Black girlhood, visual arts, and Black cultural production. Her article, "The Politics of Black Girlhood and a Ratchet Imaginary" is included in The Black Girlhood Studies Collection: Imagining Worlds for Black Girls (Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press), one of the first collections to exclusively explore, develop, and evaluate theories of Black girls and Black girlhoods. In her free time, she is looking for new poetry books to read, exploring home décor and interior design, or playing with her sweet Boston Terrier, Bray. Follow Amani at Twitter: @AmoniThompson & IG: blkgrlsanctuary
Johnny Bernard Hill
Dean @Shaw University Divinity School
Dr. Johnny Bernard Hill serves as Dean of the Shaw University Divinity School and Senior Pastor of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a premier scholar, author, activist and preacher. He served a brief tour of duty in the U.S. Army before enrolling in Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Master of Divinity degree and Master of Theology at Duke Divinity School; and his PhD in Philosophical Theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. Author of Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation (Eerdmans Publishers, 2013) and The First Black President: Barack Obama, Race, Politics, and the American Dream (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Dr. Hill is a passionate advocate for justice, reconciliation, peace and human rights in America and abroad. He is Founder and President of The World House, an interfaith coalition of faith leaders from diverse religious and cultural traditions.