Rachel Elizabeth Harding will examine the role of religion and “mystic sensibility” in the lives of Black women activists in the contemporary movement for Afro-Brazilian human rights and in the southern Freedom Movement in the US in the ’60s.
Harding is a poet, historian and scholar of the religions of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora. An associate professor of Indigenous spiritual traditions in the Ethnic Studies Department of the University of Colorado Denver, Harding writes about the conjunction of religion, creativity and social justice in the experience of communities of African descent in the US and Brazil. She is an ebômi (ritual elder) in the Terreiro do Cobre Candomblé community in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She also chairs the Veterans of Hope Project — an interdisciplinary initiative on religion, grassroots democracy and healing that was founded by her parents and is affiliated with the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
Part of the Afro-Brazilian Guest Speaker Series