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The Fierce Urgency of Now
Celebration 2017

Reverend Osagyefo Sekou

Monday, January 16th 7pm, The Moore Theatre, Hopkins Center seku

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou has been lauded by Dr. Cornel West as “one of the most courageous and prophetic voices of our time” whose recent activities include teaching nonviolent civil disobedience in Ferguson, MO, and co-writing the song We Comin (“a protest anthem…[for] a new civil rights movement”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

Rev. Sekou was born in the rural Arkansas Delta, and raised in St. Louis, MO. He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr’s killing, and traveled to Ferguson in mid-August on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization, where he is currently the inaugural Bayard Rustin Fellow) to organize alongside local and national groups and train many hundreds in non-violent civil disobedience.

He has studied continental philosophy at the New School, systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary and religion at Harvard University. He has lectured widely, including at Princeton University, Harvard Divinity School, the University of Virginia, University of Paris IV - La Sorbonne and Vanderbilt University, and is a Professor of Preaching in the Graduate Theological Urban Studies Program at the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago, IL.

The Rev. Sekou met San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Jay-Marie Hill in the streets of Cleveland following the 2014 Movement for Black Lives gathering. Unexpectedly reuniting just weeks later in Oakland, California they penned “The Revolution Has Come” in less than a week. The sound of Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost is a symphony of gospel, blues, soul, funk and freedom songs laced with sanctified blues and lyrics that range from religious to risqué. 

Last Updated: 1/5/17