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“Been in the Storm” project travels to Howard University for A. Knighton Stanley Lecture

Moses Moore, Kwame Reed, Yoland Smith, and Bernard Richardson at the inaugural A. Knighton Stanley Black Pioneers in Theological Education Lecture.Yolanda Smith and Moses Moore, principal investigators of the “Been in the Storm So Long” black theological education project at YDS, delivered the inaugural “A. Knighton Stanley Black Pioneers in Theological Education Lecture” on April 28 at Howard University. The lectures honor the Rev. A. Knighton Stanley '62 B.D., senior minister at Peoples Congregational UCC in Washington, DC.

Stanley, a member of the YDS Board of Advisors, has served as senior minister of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC since 1968. He is a graduate of Talladega College and holds an M.Div. from YDS and a Ph.D. from Howard University. He previously served as associate pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Detroit, Michigan.

Over the course of many years, Stanley has been deeply involved in the civil rights movement. He has served as advisor to the Greensboro, NC chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality and on the Human Rights Commission of Greensboro. In Washington, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Industrial Bank of Washington and on the Judiciary Nominating Committee for the Superior Court and the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. He has served on numerous national United Church of Christ bodies, including the Ministries for Racial and Social Justice, which he headed as president.

A. Knighton Stanley with Rahiel Tesfamariam, the first William Sloane Coffin Scholar at YDS and a member of Stanley's congregation.The Smith-Moore project, “‘Been in the Storm So Long': Yale Divinity School and the Black Ministry—One Hundred and Fifty Years of Black Theological Education,” attempts to make a modest but important contribution by chronicling and preserving the history of the black presence at Yale Divinity School from the 1830s to the mid-1980s. The projected three-year study explicitly links church and academy as it attempts to examine the impact that theological education at Yale has had on the lives and careers of generations of black ministers, educators, missionaries, and Christian activists, many of whom have made significant contributions both at home and abroad.

A major element of the project is the collection of information from black alumni of YDS. The deadline for submitting questionnaires, available on the “Been in the Storm So Long” web site at http://www.yale.edu/divinity/storm/index.htm, is September 1, 2006.

Other members of the YDS community participating in the Stanley Lecture ceremonies were the Rev. Ian Straker '78 B.A., '85 M.Div.; Rev. Kwame Osei Reed '79 M.Div., a member of the YDS Alumni Board; Howard University Dean of Chapel Bernard Richardson '84 M.Div.; and the Rev. John Lindner, director of development and external relations at YDS.

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