Social and Racial Justice

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Boston Vaccine Day Held In Roxbury

September 22, 2021
The Rev. Erica Williams, MRPL '22, spoke about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at Boston Vaccine Day held in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Khalil Abdur-Rashid

Where Were You When It Happened?

September 10, 2021
"My conversation about Islam with my boss on the first day of work had been hijacked by the terrorist attacks, and it would forever change the trajectory of my life," says Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University and Lecturer on Muslim Studies at HDS.
Cornell William Brooks

Spotlight on the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice

August 5, 2021
HDS Visiting Professor Cornell William Brooks leads the Harvard Kennedy School’s William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, which he calls a think-and-do tank for Harvard students committed to social justice advocacy and rigorous applied research. Brooks is also a Professor at Harvard Kennedy School.
Richie Butler, MTS '96

Pastor Puts Entrepreneurial Skills to Work This Time to Get People Vaccinated

May 11, 2021
Dallas pastor Richie Butler, MTS '96, has blazed a trail through the worlds of real estate and ministry in Texas and nationwide, developing more than $500 million in urban properties, leading iconic Black churches and launching initiatives to combat racism and deliver COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to communities of color.
Illustration of Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl A. Giles

Black, Buddhist, and Free

May 3, 2021
Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling at HDS, discusses her coedited anthology of “freedom stories” exploring what it means to be Black and Buddhist in America.
People rally outside the courthouse in Minneapolis in April 2021. Photo by AP

Ensuring the Floyd Trial Becomes a Turning Point

April 22, 2021
Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS and Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the significance of the conviction of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd and what it may mean for the future of meaningful police reforms.