Princeton Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Tamura Lomax to deliver The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture, February 25 at 5:00 p.m. Lomax's lecture is titled “We Don’t Need a Black Messiah: The Crisis of Civilization and Aspirational Black Patriarchy.”
The lecture will be held in the main lounge of the Mackay Campus Center and is free and open to the public.
Tamura Lomax received her PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University where she specialized in black religious history and black diaspora studies. She also developed expertise in women, gender, and sexuality studies and black British and U.S. black cultural studies. In 2018, Lomax published Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion and Culture with Duke University Press. In addition, she organized and guest edited “Black Bodies in Ecstasy: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Politics of Pleasure,” a special issue published with Black Theology: An International Journal. In 2014, she published Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Cultural Productions with Palgrave Macmillan, a co-authored edited volume with Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant and Carol B. Duncan. And she is currently at work on a new book, Parenting Against the Patriarchy: Raising Non-Toxic Sons in White Supremacist America (managed by Don Congdon Associates, Inc./Duke University Press). However, Lomax isn’t solely a writer and researcher. She’s a scholar-activist. In 2017, she co-organized “Our History, Our Future: a Multigenerational Human Rights Conference” at Boston University. And in 2011, Lomax co-founded The Feminist Wire (TFW), an online publication committed to feminist, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist socio-political critique. Her vision is to create space for justice work through critical conversation, exchange, mass-mediation, and dynamic accessible education. Her hope is to bring academic expertise to the streets and vice versa. Since its founding, TFW has published close to 3,000 intersectional and justice centered scholarly essays, including the original Black Lives Matter herstory by Alicia Garza in 2014; organized the very first university conference on Black Lives Matter; and coordinated various forums on topics such as black (academic) women’s health; Assata Shakur; Trayvon Martin; disabilities; race, racism and anti-racism within feminism; and Mumia Abu-Jamal, race, gender and the carceral state. In addition to online publishing, TFW has a book series with the University of Arizona Press: The Feminist Wire Books: Connecting Feminisms, Race, and Social Justice. It recently published its first three books: Them Goon Rules: Fugitive Essays on Radical Black Feminism by Marquis Bey; The Chicana Motherwork Anthology edited by Cecilia Caballero, Yvette Martínez-Vu, Judith Pérez-Torres, Michelle Téllez, and Christine Vega; and Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag Twenty-First-Century Acts of Self-Definition edited by Julia S. Jordan-Zachery and Duchess Harris.