Students, scholars, and faith leaders in centers of spiritual and religious life at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gathered online on May 21st to attend the first-ever HBCU Interfaith Conference.
Nearly 60 colleges and universities had representatives at the three-day conference, titled ‘Black and Interfaith: Reclaiming, Restoring & Reimagining.’ Hosted by the Office of the Dean of Chapel at Howard University, the conference included speakers such as Dr. Aminah Al Deen, Drea d’Nur, Imam Ubaydullah Evans, Dr. Neichelle Guidry, Pastor Gloria Winston Harris, Dr. Bernard Keels, Dr. Otis Moss III, and Dr. Rami Nashashibi, each representing their own faith tradition and background. The conversation among participants focused on past, present, and future possibilities of interfaith collaboration at HBCUs and among Black and African American students on other college campuses.
“To say the work that we are engaged in is important may be an understatement,” says Bernard L. Richardson, Dean of the Chapel at Howard University. “Considering the times that we are living in, when we engage in interfaith work, we are involving ourselves in matters of life and death–for both our nation and the globe.”
Watch the virtual conference below: