De’Juana Thompson ’05

The Power of Personal Story: Berea and Black Girl Magic

The power of Berea’s story-telling and community-building curriculum is what sparked Ms. Thompson’s unlikely story. She will explore her own unorthodox path as well as that of Carter G. Woodson and Barack Obama. Thompson, a 2005 Berea graduate, will share how a GSTR 101 Berea Stories class laid the foundation which allowed her not only to help elect and serve the first black U.S. president but to subsequently serve as a national political strategist championing issues of social justice.

Rev. Derek Terry

True to our God, True to our Native Land

Rev. Terry, an activist, writer, renowned lecturer, and pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Cincinnati explores how Christianity has been used to support white supremacy. He also addresses how Christianity can serve to liberate oppressed populations and encourages his audience to learn from Black liberation theology.