Malcolm X, Steve Biko, and the Religious Dream for a Multiracial democracy 5 March, 2019

Listen to Rev. Prof. Bryan Massingale from Fordham University, New York, one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice & liberation theology, giving this fascinating lecture – recorded at St Augustine College on the 5th of March 2019.

There has been no previous scholarship that has put these two pivotal figures into conversation with each other. Both were critical of Christianity for its complicity in racism, yet each also held some hope that faith-based institutions could be resources for the goal of creating multiracial democracies. For both the USA and SA, that goal is still a work in progress – at best. By examining these two figures, we gain insight into the similarities of the struggle for racial justice on both sides of the Atlantic, and retrieve insights for the work that remains toward inclusive justice.

Rev. Prof. Bryan Massingale

Earlier in the day, Fr Massingale also appeared on Radio 702 with Eusebius McKaiser for an hour where his upcoming talk was discussed in a segment on his morning show entitled “Unpacking Christianity’s complicity in racism.” The podcast from Radio 702 is below:

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Whilst working at the Institute, Matthew managed the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and was involved in the Spirituality work, completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and the Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and was also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. He is currently the Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia. @mcharlesworth
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