Racial Justice & Religion

Racial justice and religion are deeply intertwined.

Launched in May 2023, the Racial Justice & Religion Initiative at the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program will help build the understanding of religion’s role in racial justice work by providing educational opportunities for members to develop a more accurate picture of the challenges and opportunities that exist at the intersection of race and religion. Additionally, the initiative will convene capacity building offerings that center, support, and uplift leaders from historically marginalized communities who work on these issues and help bring their insights and expertise into the public square.

This work is generously supported by The Henry Luce Foundation

Members of the Racial Justice & Religion Collective

Each of these distinguished members bring a unique perspective and deep experience in racial justice work empowering historically marginalized communities, whether it be through the lens of faith, activism, theology, education, or revitalization. Collectively, they will advance racial justice via a religiously pluralistic lens and commitment. 

Religion & Society Program Racial Justice & Religion Collective Members

Top Row, Left to Right:

Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Christians for Social Action

PJ Andrews, Baháʼís of the United States Office of Public Affairs

Yolanda Savage-Narva, Union for Reform Judaism & Religious Access Center

Dr. Russel Jeung, San Francisco State University

Rev. Dr. Audrey Price, Aspen Institute Religion & Society Program

Pastor Gil Monrose, New York City’s Mayor’s Office

Nina Fernando, The Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign

Second Row, Left to Right:

Rev. Kasey Jones, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Kia Smith, Mothers Out Front

Rabbi Lindsay Danziger, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Lisa Sharon Harper, Freedom Road

Walter Kim, National Association of Evangelicals

Tahil Sharma, United Religions Initiative

Kaitlin Curtice, The Aki Institute for Peace & Justice

Third Row, Left to Right: 

Nicole Pressley, Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice

Sonny Singh, Musician

Rev. Leroy Barber, Neighborhood Economics

Rev. Kyev P. Tatum Sr., New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Jamar A. Boyd II, MacArthur Foundation

Dr. Beverley Eileen Mitchell, Wesley Theological Seminary

Bottom Row, Left to Right: 

Randal Jelks, Indiana University Bloomington

Bishop Dwayne Royster, Faith in Action

Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, Hope Builds LLC

Rev. Harvey J. Clemons, Pleasant Hills Baptist Church of Houston

Rev. Larita Rice-Barnes, Metro East Organizing Coalition (MEOC)

Rev. Michael Mata, TogetherLA

Ekemini Uwan, Special Advisor to the Religion & Society Program for the Racial Justice & Religion Initiative

In addition, the Racial Justice & Religion Initiative is led by Rev. Dr. Audrey Price of the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program.

For more information about the members, click here.

To learn more about this collective and the Program’s Racial Justice and Religion Initiative, please reach out to Rev. Dr. Audrey Price.

The Racial Justice & Religion Collective is generously supported by the Wayfarer Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation.