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M. Shawn Copeland - #BlackLivesMatter as Public Theology - BCTS Annual Public Lecture

Thu Oct 7, 2021
M. Shawn Copeland, Professor Emerita of Theology at Boston College, delivers the public lecture for the 31st Annual Meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Her lecture interrogates the movement #BlackLivesMatter as an instance of performative public theology which through love, advocacy, organizing, and protest affirms the beauty and the lives of Black human beings. The Black Catholic Theological Symposium (, founded in 1978, seeks to foster an ethical community of scholarly dialogue characterized by a commitment to the fundamental humanity of all people; a regard for plurality of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds; and the development of an authentically Black and Catholic theology.This event and the Annual Meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium at the University of Notre Dame ( have been sponsored byDepartment of Africana Studies Department of Theologyand co-sponsored byCollege of Arts and Letters Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Fund Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Campus Ministry Initiative on Race and Resilience Institute for Advanced Study McGrath Institute for Church Life