Discussing the role of the black church in African-American Society will be Dr. Andrea Abrams at Mondayâ€™s African American studies lectures series.
Mondayâ€™s event is set for noon at the Instructional Media Center presentation room of Mitchell Memorial Library on the Mississippi State University campus.
Her lecture titled â€śThe First Afrikan Way: Culture, Blackness and Religion in an Afrocentric Community,â€ť will leave the audience with insights into the style of worship in a black church and its relevance to American religion, according to Linda Miller with the African-American Studies department of Mississippi State University.
Miller said Abrams is an expert on black anthropology and has been trained at Emory University. She is one of the few black anthropologists in the country to study the black church.
Abrams is a native of Mississippi and currently teaches cultural anthropology, gender studies and race and ethnic identity studies at Centre College in Kentucky.Â
She has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College and earned a graduate certificate in womenâ€™s studies and a doctoral degree in anthropology from Emory University.Â
Abramsâ€™ dissertation considered the intersections of race, class, gender and national identity at an Afrocentric church in Atlanta, Ga.Â
Her research continues to focus on these intersections as she explores them in the lives of the early women anthropologists of color, Zora Neal Hurston, Katherine Dunham and Ella Cara Deloria.
For more information about Mondayâ€™s lecture series, contact the African-American Studies Department at 325-2225.