‘Black Spirituality and Black Power: Reflections on Race, Religion and the Fight for Liberation across the Transatlantic’ 

Friday 15th June 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Birkbeck University of London, Lecture Theatre Room 532 (5th floor main building) Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX 

The Transatlantic Round-table on Religion and Race with the support of Birbeck University of London, invites you to this special event screening the award winning documentary ALLEN REPORT: RETRACING TRANSNATIONAL AFRICAN METHODISM followed by a panel discussion on Race, Religion and Liberation in honour of the father of Black Liberation Theology Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone, featuring director Alanna Lockward, Professor Robert Beckford, and Professor Anthony Reddie hosted by Dr William Ackah.
‘ALLEN REPORT: RETRACING TRANSNATIONAL AFRICAN METHODISM’, 2016 (76 min). A documentary written, directed and produced by Alanna Lockward.
Watch an interview with Alanna Lockward talking about the documentary below:
As the first Dominican-Haitian documentary co-production, this film retraces the liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Namibia and the United States, its place of origin.
The role of African Methodism in the Caribbean and the African continent is approached from the perspective of de-colonial theory, presenting South-South narratives of liberation from enslavement and apartheid in three different languages (English, French, Spanish) in the voices of 19 interviewees.
Following the showing of the film there will be a panel discussion on the themes of the film and the legacy of James Cone across the Transatlantic. Panel will include Alanna Lockward, Professor Robert Beckford, Professor Anthony Reddie, hosted by Dr William Ackah.
This is a FREE event. Register at eventbrite
Alanna Lockward:
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Alanna Lockward is a German-Dominican writer, journalist and filmmaker. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco in communication sciences and her master’s degree from the Institute for Art in Context of the Berlin University of Arts. Since 1996 she has produced, directed and conducted cultural television programs and has been a political reporter in the Caribbean region for major international companies. As a cultural critic Lockward has focused intensely on the moving image for more than a decade.
In 2016 she premiered her first documentary, “Allen Report. Retracing Transnational African Methodism “(FONPROCINE 2013), later nominated for the La Silla Awards (2017). This was the first Dominican film invited to the prestigious 24th New York African Film Festival (2017). Lockward’s Pan-Africanist investigative contributions in this first Dominican-Haitian documentary co-production have been recognized by the Dominican Academy of History as “… (A) rich history that connects the Black Americans of Samaná with such transcendent figures as Toussaint Louverture and Marcus Garvey”. Alanna Lockward is currently research professor at the Center for Caribbean Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).
Robert Beckford:
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Robert Beckford is the professor of Religion and Culture in the African diaspora in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent. He has written several books intersecting the fields of theology, popular culture and theology, including, Jesus is Dread: Black Theology and Black Culture in Britain (DLT, 1998), God of the Rhatid: Redeeming Rage (DLT 2003), Jesus Dub: Music, Theology and Social Change (Routledge, 2006) and Documentary as Exorcism: Resisting the Bewitchment of Colonial Christianity (Bloomsbury, 2014).
Anthony Reddie:
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Professor Anthony G. Reddie is a Learning and Development Officer for the Methodist Church. He is also an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of South Africa and a Fellow of Wesley House, in Cambridge. He has a BA in History and a Ph.D. in Education (with Theology), both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 70 essays and articles on Christian Education and Black Theology. He is the author and editor of 17 books. His latest book is entitled Journeying to Justice (2017) (co-edited with Wale Hudson Roberts and Gale Richards). He is editor of Black Theology: An International Journal, the only academic periodical of its kind in the world. He was given an ‘A’ rating in the latest National Research Foundation evaluation and assessment exercise in South Africa and is the first Black person in theology and religious studies to receive this highest rating. He is a Leading International Researcher.
William Ackah:
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William Ackah is Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Programme Director for Community Development and Development and Globalisation at Birkbeck University of London. He holds a PhD in Government from the University of Manchester and was 2016-17 Fulbright research scholar at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he conducted research on the impact of gentrification on African-American church congregations.
He is the current chair of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race an international organization that brings together academics, community activists and church leaders with the aim of tackling injustices faced by people of African descent around the world. He is the co-editor of the just published book Religion and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora. (New York: Routledge, 2017).