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Tamura Lomax, Ph.D. Religious Studies Lecture: We Don't Need Wakanda

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 | 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Science Center Auditorium and Virtually via Zoom

Tamura Lomax Presents Lecture at Spelman College During Spelman College's Religious Studies Lecture on Feb. 22, Tamura Lomax, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University alumna and foundational associate professor of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University, will present, "We Don't Need Wakanda. We Need a Black Sovereignty.” Attendees may attend in person in the Science Center Auditorium or virtually. 


About the Lecture From Dr. Lomax

During what I’ve deemed “Red Summer 2020” (an ode to not only the events of 1919 but also the clash between 2020 police brutality, MAGA red hats, and the fires that literally burned in American streets in response to the murder of George Floyd), the Atlanta born rapper T.I. exclaimed Atlanta was “Wakanda” and thus protests igniting American streets were unwelcome in his city.

Days later, Morehouse and Spelman students were assaulted by Atlanta police while sitting in their car, and less than two weeks after that, Rayshard Brooks was murdered by Atlanta police as he slept in his car in a Wendy's parking lot. Neither T.I.’s Wakanda nor aspirational Black capitalism will save us. What we need is a Black sovereignty where nobody is prey.

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About the Department

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers two majors, one in philosophy and the other in religious studies. While the two majors complement and enhance each other, they retain their separate identities and missions. In both programs, Spelman students learn how to read critically, write cogently, identify and interrogate historical and contemporary discourses, apply discipline-specific research methods, conduct and present their own research in their courses, and employ inquiry-based learning so as to take ultimate responsibility for their own academic potential.

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