41st Annual MLK Celebration and Lecture

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Lecture

Dr. Derek Hicks
Associate Professor
of Religion and Culture
Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Brief Biography

Dr. Hicks teaches and researches African American religion, religion in North America, race, the body, religion and foodways, theory and method in the study of religion, Black and Womanist theologies, and cultural studies. Currently he is working on a book titled Feeding Flesh and Spirit: Religion, Food, and the Saga of Race in Black America, and serves as co-chair of the Religion and Food Group at the American Academy of Religion.

Other publications of Dr. Hicks include: Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); African American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO Press); Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions (New York University Press, 2012) and Religion, Food, and Eating in North America (Columbia University Press, 2014).

In support of his scholarship, Dr. Hicks has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Theological Education, the Louisville Institute, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Wabash Center. Most recently he was awarded the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (2018-19).

Dr. Hicks received his BA from Grambling State University; an MA from Dallas Theological Seminary; and, his PhD from Rice University.

To read Dr. Hicks’ complete bio, please see his faculty page at Wake Forest University.