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Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.
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Alton B. Pollard, III, is Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. He holds degrees from Fisk University (B.A. with honors in religion & philosophy and business management), Harvard University Divinity School (M.Div.), and Duke University, the Department of Religion (Ph.D.). His previous faculty appointments include St. Olaf College, Wake Forest University, and Emory University where he was Director of Black Church Studies at Candler School of Theology and Chair of American Religious Cultures in the Graduate Division of Religion, and various visiting lectureships throughout the United States and Africa.

Dr. Pollard has published widely in the areas of religion and culture. He is the author of Mysticism and Social Change; a new edition of W.E.B. DuBois, The Negro Church; and Helpers for a Healing Community: A Pastoral Care Manual for HIV/AIDS in Africa; co-editor of Black Church Studies: A 21st Century Anthology (Duke Press, forthcoming); and How Long This Road; consulting editor for the multi-volume Papers of Howard Thurman; and former associate editor of the journal Black Sacred Music. He is Principal Investigator for the Lilly-funded research project, “Equipping the Saints: Promising Practices in Black Congregational Life.” An ordained Baptist minister, he has served churches in Tennessee (AME), Massachusetts and North Carolina. He is an associate minister at Covenant Baptist UCC Church in Washington, DC, and board member and consultant to numerous organizations. He has preached, lectured and traveled throughout Africa and the Diaspora. He and his wife Jessica Bryant Pollard, a high school counselor, have two adult children.

Entries by Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

An Open Letter to Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools in the United States

(20) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 8:42 AM

(This Open Letter represents a collective effort by African American Presidents and Deans in Theological Education. A full list of the authors is at the bottom of the letter.)

January 15, 2015

An Open Letter to Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools in the United States,

At its annual meeting...

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Young People Rise

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:56 AM

Young People Rise

We are a vibrant society
Young and old, black and white
Hispanic and Asian, Pacific Islander and Indigenous Peoples
Gay and straight, queer and questioning
And everything in-between

We are a civic society
Blue state and red, Democrat and Republican

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Assassinations, Anniversaries, and the New America Now

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Anniversaries are often that occasion when a spark of hope for the future is renewed in the hearts of individuals, a community, or a nation. People, whose lives have been touched near and far, pay their momentary tribute and respect.

Our newest national observance recalls the launch on September...

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Fifty Years Later: The Black Church Since 1963

(22) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:07 PM

"The Black church" is shorthand for the vast network of racial-ethnic communities of Christian faith, worship, and life born out of and informed by the historic and present day experiences of people of African descent in the United States.

The Black church is a sacred and social movement, representing communities...

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