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The Sacred Sounds of Black Disinherited Creatives

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Wednesday, November 02, 2022

The Boston University School of Theology is proud to present the bi-annual Lowell Lecture, which features a renowned speaker in a field related to theological studies. This year, topics explore the spiritual dimension of artistic expression. Our first speaker Rev. Dr. Emmett G. Price III, lecture is entitled What does sacred sound like… and how do we learn to hear it in the voices of Black disinherited creatives? This lecture will explore the brilliant resilience and demonstrative hope of Black folk through the lens of two exceptional spiritual beings: Nina Simone and John Coltrane. Rarely touted as theologians and even rarer, as Christians, these two serve as exemplars of far too many Black creatives endowed with spiritual wisdom yet treated as disinherited.

Emmett G. Price III is one of the nation’s leading experts on Music of the African Diaspora, Christian Worship and the Black Christian Experience. Dr. Emmett G. Price III serves as Dean of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music and Visiting Associate Professor of Music at Harvard University. Prior to his current post, Dr. Price served on the faculties of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2016-2021) where he founded the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE) and Northeastern University (2001-2016) where he served as chair of the Department of African American Studies (2008-2012). He has served as visiting professor at Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Andover Newton Theological School and Brandeis University. He has served as a guest lecturer at over 50 universities worldwide. Listen to Price's podcast with Rev. Dr. Irene Monroe → [All Rev'd Up.](https://www.wgbh.org/podcast/all-revd-up)