Hidden Histories: Faith and Black Lesbian Leadership

Hidden Histories: Faith and Black Lesbian Leadership

On May 11, 2023, the Rev. Derrick McQueen, Ph.D. interviewed Monique Moultrie, Ph.D. about her new book, Hidden Histories: Faith and Black Lesbian Leadership (Duke University Press, 2023). In this work, Moultrie uses oral histories of Black lesbian religious leaders in the U.S. to show how their authenticity, social justice awareness, spirituality and collaborative leadership makes them models of womanist ethical leadership. By examining their life histories, Moultrie frames queer storytelling as an ethical act of resistance to the racism, sexism and heterosexism these women experience. Moultrie and McQueen will also discuss using oral history interviews as research methodology and what this method brings to one’s research.

Rev. Derrick McQueen, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Center for African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. He also serves as the pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem, NYC. McQueen’s interests include early Christian community models of social justice and their modern applications on issues such as poverty, sexuality, race and gender.

Monique Moultrie, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University and author of Hidden Histories: Faith and Black Lesbian Leadership. Her scholarly interests include sexual ethics, African American religions, and gender and sexuality studies. Among her previous publications is Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Spirituality (Duke University Press, 2017).


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