Book Talk: Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks


*This event was rescheduled from February 17th and March 17th. We apologize for any inconveniences.

The American Jazz Museum and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group partner to present "Black Migration and Shifting Black Faiths,” for a 2019 Black History Month program. This discussion will be lead by Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks.

Dr. Jelks will focus on the roles and changing dimensions of religion in black communities during the Great Migration and beyond. Dr.Jelks will also expand on themes presented in his new book Faith & Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americas: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver and Muhammad Ali.

A light food reception begins at 2:00 pm. The discussion by Dr. Jelks will start around 3:00 pm.  After the discussion, Dr. Jelks will sign copies of his book. Paperback editions will be available in the Swing Shop. 

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The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group is the local chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) the founders of Black History Month.  They have set the 2019 national Black History theme as "Black Migrations." 

Randal Maurice Jelks is Professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Jelks also holds appointments in History, Religious Studies, and is the co-Editor of the journal "American Studies." In addition, he is an ordained Presbyterian clergy.





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