Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas Announced as Seminary's Commencement Speaker

St. Davids, PA. May 4: Palmer Seminary of Eastern University is excited to announce Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas as the May 20, 2017 commencement speaker. Bettye Collier-Thomas, Professor of History at Temple University, received her PhD in United States History from George Washington University in 1974. Appointed by Joseph Duffy, head of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as a Special Consultant to the division of Public Programs (1977-1980), she developed NEH's first program of technical assistance to black museums and historical organizations; became a founder and officer of the National Association of Black Museums and organized the First National Conference on Black Museums.

Dr. Bettye Collier-ThomasA specialist in social, cultural, and political history, Collier-Thomas' research focuses on women and African Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her books include Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion (2010); Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979 (1998). Her most recent publication - Jesus, Jobs, and Justice - has won book awards from the Organization of American Historians (2010); the Association of Black Women's Historians (2010); the National Women's Political Caucus (2010); and the Temple University Faculty Research Award (2013). Described as "groundbreaking" and "a tour de force," Jesus, Jobs, and Justice was one of three books authored by African Americans, two of which were authored by women, which were reviewed in the New York Times between 2008 and 2010.

Palmer’s 92nd annual commencement will take place on May 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, located at 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150. Tickets are not required for admittance to the ceremony. Graduates must report to the Family Life Center by 8:45 a.m. for robing, class photo, and lineup. Commencement livestreaming will be available during the event for those unable to attend. More information may be found at palmerseminary.edu/commencement.

For questions or comments please contact Sharlene Joseph-Brown, Executive Assistant to the Dean, at 484-384-2935 or sjosephb@eastern.edu.