Upcoming Lectures

“Building Beloved Community: ReConnecting Church and Community in the Midst of Racialized Chaos” by Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon

Rev. Traci Blackmon
Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.


Thursday, April 26th, 2018, at 6:00 pm
Great Hall at the International House, Eleanor Roosevelt College
UC San Diego campus

Traci Blackmon


The Lecturer:

Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero. ~ West African Proverb

As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon's life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice.  Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Her work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few.

Rev. Blackmon is listed in Ebony Magazine as one of the 2015 Power 100 and she is a featured writer in several Justice publications. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach! She has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis' 100 most influential voices as well Rev. Blackmon currently resides in both St. Louis, MO and Cleveland, OH and is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon, Harold II, and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.

"I speak for the lions. And we are many!" ~ Rev. Traci D. Blackmon

The Lecture Series:

The Burke Lectureship has since 1985 sponsored a permanent, major series of free public lectures by distinguished scholars, authors, and leaders from various religious traditions who speak on the religious dimensions of being human and how religion interacts with society. The speakers visit the campus for one or more days of teaching and exchange with faculty, students, and interested members of the community.

Directions and Parking:
  • From I-5 take exit 29 for Genesee Avenue and head west on Genesee Avenue.
  • Turn left on North Torrey Pines Road [third traffic light].
  • Make the second left onto Pangea Drive.
  • Turn left into the Pangea Parking Structure.
    • All visitors must purchase a parking permit from the meter located on the top floor of the parking structure.
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