The Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS) advances research, education and public engagement at the nexus of religion, race and sexuality, in general, but with a particular focus on black communities, both in the United States and the wider African Diaspora. In this regard, CARSS serves as a leading intellectual space to:

  • Enliven academic and public conversations about a host of issues attendant to the intersections of religion and sexual politics within African American culture.
  • Examine the cultural and political significance of African American religion in the public sphere.
  • Bring to bear scholarly resources on contemporary public deliberations concerning the relationship between religion, race, and sexuality in American public life.
  • Serve as a capacity-building resource for a range of stakeholders, within and beyond the Academy, whose work engages black religious and civic institutions and the communities they serve.

If you are interested in supporting CARSS's work, partnering with us, or simply learning more about what we do,
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