Professor Gary Dorrien awarded 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Religion
Professor Gary Dorrien was named the recipient of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, The New Abolition: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel. Dr. Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and a Professor of Religion at Columbia University.
In The New Abolition, Dr. Dorrien describes the early history of the Black Social Gospel from its nineteenth-century founding to its close association in the 20th century with W.E.B. Du Bois. He offers a new perspective on modern Christianity and the civil rights era by delineating the tradition of social justice theology and activism that led to Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Grawemeyer Award, spearheaded by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville, pays tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact that a single idea, as opposed to a life-long career, can have on the world. The prize was founded by H. Charles Grawemeyer and is awarded each year in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education, and religion.