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This reading and book club series launch will explore the religious, spiritual and moral implications of what Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas refers to as “the sin of racism.” A reading from Dr. Douglas’ book Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God will examine the killing of young black men, not only from the lens of a renowned scholar of “womanist theology” but from that of a mother of a black adolescent son. This personal account at the intersections of Theology, Black Lives Matter, and Motherhood allows for a more personal conversation of one of the most critical moral and ethical issues of our time. This book reading and discussion will be hosted by the incoming Chair of the Carver Community Cultural Center, Dr. Marcheta Evans, who serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU). This event will serve as an open invitation to join—via livestream or in person—OLLU’s Spring 2018 Provost’s Diversity and Inclusion Book Club Series.