Book and Event Description

Southeastern’s Annual Black History Celebration Luncheon is being held on February 8, 2019. This year Dr. Reggie L. Williams is delivering a lecture based upon his book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance. Dr. William’s book was chosen because it highlights the fruit of intentional self-displacement across cultural lines for spiritual growth. This book illustrates how the gospel refines the most God-honoring parts of a culture and eradicates that which does not honor Christ.

Williams illustrates this phenomena with a historical example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer during his two year stay in New York City. While in NYC, Bonhoeffer regularly attended and served at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Williams argues that Bonhoeffer’s formation during his time at a historically black church helped form the concepts that emerged in three of his most influential book: Ethics, Life Together, and Discipleship.

Giveaway and Essay Contest

In order to encourage students, faculty, and staff to read Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus, the Kingdom Diversity Initiative is hosting a book giveaway and an essay contest.

The Details

Essay Contest

Giveaway winners and others (who purchase their own book) are encouraged to write a reflective essay (see details below) to win a dinner with Drs. Williams & Strickland to discuss the details of the book and how to appropriately apply its concepts in a biblically informed manner.

* Essay deadline January 14, 2019

* Eligible essays will be 700-750 words

* Winning essays will include thoughtful reflections on the book and explicit implications into the student’s life

* Submit all essays by email to