Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder Nomination

Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Chicago Theological Seminary professor and author of When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective, will be inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel Collegium of Scholars on March 30th.

“My preaching professor and the pastor I was licensed by were both inducted into the Morehouse College Board of Preachers ,” Crowder explained. “So it’s almost unreal that I’m walking in their paths. It’s something that I’ve heard about and known about, but not something I ever thought I would be invited to join.”

Morehouse College, celebrating its 150-year anniversary this year with nine other historically black colleges and universities, hosts the annual event and houses the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. The College boasts of alumni including Martin Luther King, Jr. and former Morehouse president Benjamin Elijah Mays, placing Dr. Crowder in a scholarly legacy.

“Any kind of honor is a nod to my work, but I also think it’s a push,” Crowder continued. “It says yes, you’re doing well, but it also coerces me to do more and to do better. Now that you have this honor, one must wrestle with how to live into it and live up to it, and go beyond to do the work that is life changing and that changes society.”

Selection for the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel Board of Preachers and Collegium of Scholars is based on current members’ recommendations and an exhibition of King’s ethical traditions of non-violence through the clergy, scholars, and laity.

To congratulate Dr. Crowder, send her an email at sbcrowder@ctschicago.edu