The Girls Choir of Harlem. In 1988, following the success of the Boys Choir of Harlem and Choir Academy of Harlem Programs, a full Girls Choir program was instituted. The vision of the Girls Choir is to enable young women to transform their lives through music, build self-esteem, find positive role models, experience the rewards of creativity and develop a strong value system of discipline and hard work.The Girls Choir of Harlem made its concert debut at Alice Tulley Hall at Lincoln Center in November, 1997, in an evening of classical, liturgical, operatic and popular music selections, and a specially commissioned work by noted African American composer Dorothy Rudd Moore. They perform at Southwestern under the direction of Lorna Myers. Myers specializes in Italian verismo opera, German Lieder, and 20th Century opera. Myers received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees as a Voice Opera major at the Juilliard School.
Karen Baker-Fletcher is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She teaches courses in the areas of constructive theology and cultural analysis, literary criticism, and womanist, feminist and liberation theology and ethics.
Baker-Fletcher has published articles in journals and collections on the topic of womanist concepts of freedom, womanhood and equality. She is author of A Singing Something: Womanist Reflections on Anna Julia Cooper; My Sister, My Brother: Womanist and Xodus God-Talk (with Garth Baker-Fletcher); and Sisters of Dust, Sisters of Spirit: Womanist Wordings on God and Creation.
Originally from Indianapolis, Baker-Fletcher earned a B.A. in philosophy and French in 1982 from Wellesley College, where she was a Wellesley College Scholar. She earned a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School in 1984. In 1990, she earned her M.A. in the study of religion from Harvard University, where she also obtained her Ph.D. in constructive and historical theology in 1991. She has taught at Claremont School of Theology, Christian Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University.
James Cone is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, N.Y. He has lectured at more than 700 colleges, universities, divinity schools, and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Cone was the author of the first major attempt to integrate Black Power philosophy with theology - with the writing of Black Theology and Black Power in 1969. He became the leading exponent of black theology in the decades following the 1960s and is an internationally recognized liberation theologian and a strong critic of "white" theology and its ties to racism.
Cone is the author of more than 100 articles and several books, including: Black Theology and Black Power, A Black Theology of Liberation, The Spirituals and the Blues: An Interpretation, God of the Oppressed, Black Theology: A Documentary History, 1966-1979, and Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare.
In 1992, Ebony Magazine awarded him the "American Black Achievement Award" in the category of religion. Two years later, the Association of Theological Schools gave him their "Theological Scholarship & Research Award." He has taught at Philander Smith College, Adrian College, and the Union Theological Seminary. Cone received a B.A. from Philander Smith College, a B.Div. degree from Garrett Theological Seminary, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Roger S. Gottlieb is professor of philosophy in the department of humanities and arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a social activist and the author or editor of 10 books on politics, spirituality, the environment and the Holocaust. He is a columnist for Tikkun magazine and writes for popular and academic journals.
Gottlieb's new book, Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change, shares his viewpoint that our political work needs religion and that our religious life needs politics. The book presents a new account of how religious ethics and progressive movements share a common vision of a transformed world, and offers the affirmation that authentic religion requires an activist, transforming presence in the political world, and that the moral and psychological insights of religion are indispensable resources in political struggles for democracy, human rights and ecological sanity.
Gottlieb's writings have appeared in top academic journals such as the Journal of Philosophy, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Ethics; and in popular publications such as The Boston Globe and Orion Afield. He is one of the few American intellectuals to be reviewed in publications as disparate as New Age Journal, Ethics, Common Boundary, and The Boston Globe.
Gottlieb received the Ph.D. and B.A. from Brandeis University. He has taught at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut and Simmons College.
Winona LaDuke is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project and the Indigenous Women's Network. She lives on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and is a member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg.
LaDuke's publications include: Last Standing Woman, an acclaimed novel; All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, a non-fiction work providing accounts of Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation; and The Winona LaDuke Reader, a collection of 40 speeches, articles and fiction excerpts. She has written for magazines such as Indian Country Today, the Smithsonian's American Indian, Sierra, and Indigenous Woman as well as academic publications such as the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy.
LaDuke lectures widely, speaking before the United Nations, testifying at government hearings, lecturing at universities and at corporate shareholders' meetings. In addition, she served as the vice presidential candidate on the Green Party's presidential ticket.
After graduating from Harvard University, she moved to White Earth and is recognized as a leading voice for Native American economic and environmental concerns. Ms. magazine voted her one of the "Women of the Year" in 1997, and Time magazine included her among the "Top 40 Under Age 40." She teaches courses on Native Environmentalism at the University of Minnesota.