Kwanzaa – Celebrating Harvest and Healthy Black Families

Oblate School of Theology

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Tuesday, December 26

December 26, 2023 – January 1, 2024 | 6:30PM – 7:30PM Central Time | ONLINE Event By Oblate School of Theology

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December 26 · 6:30pm – January 1, 2024 · 7:30pm CST



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Tenth Anniversary of Sankofa

Come Taste and See: Kwanzaa – Celebrating Harvest and Healthy Black Families

December 26, 2023 – January 1, 2024 | 6:30PM – 7:30PM Central Time | ONLINE Event

As part of the Sankofa Institute’s year-long 10th Anniversary, a 7-day Kwanzaa Celebration will take place December 26, 2023 – January 1, 2024. In addition to a number of Sankofa Institute Scholars, the Sankofa Institute has invited various celebrated religious leaders to present for this Black Heritage event. These religious leaders include Dr. Herman Skip Mason, Jr. and Reverend Valerie Miles-Tribble.

Each day we will address one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and faith (imani).

This event is sponsored by Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership.


Rev. Dr. Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr, author and historian, is the senior pastor of Historic West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia. A proud native of Atlanta and an honors graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Mason matriculated and graduated from Morris Brown College. He continued his education at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and earned a master’s degree in library and information Science with a concentration in African American Studies. He is also a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta where he obtained the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees respectively in African American Church History, Social Justice, and Outreach.

Dr. Mason, a seasoned educator for over 25 years, has served as professor of history, college archivist, director and dean of students and Vice President of Student Services at both Morris Brown College and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, he serves as the Dean of Library and Museum Services and Assistant Professor of African American History and Religion at Voorhees University in Denmark, South Carolina.

Dr. Mason is the author of numerous books on the history of African Americans experience in Atlanta, Georgia and the South including Black Atlanta in the Roaring Twenties, Black Entertainment in Atlanta, African American Life in DeKalb County, Politics, Law, and Civil Rights in Atlanta; Black American Series: East Point, Georgia. He has curated major exhibitions including the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Centennial Exhibition, Crowns and Gowns: The Legacy of the Homecoming Queen, Hidden Treasures: Black Photographers in Atlanta and served as a historical consultant on numerous PBS documentaries. Most recently under Dr. Mason’s leadership Voorhees College opened its museum documenting the college’s history. He also serves as the Archivist and liaison for Museums for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dr. Mason served as the 33rd General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and on the National Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. which led to the completion and dedication of the monument on the mall in Washington, D.C in 2011. Dr. Mason is a member of numerous fraternal, social, and civic organizations, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Prince Hall Masons. An avid genealogist, Dr. Mason enjoys reading, local and international traveling, collecting black memorabilia and photographs, listening to music, and researching his family history. He is the founder of Skip Mason Vanishing Black Atlanta Facebook Page and Book Club. Dr. Mason is the father of two wonderful young adult children, Jewel and Jodari. Most importantly, he gives thanks to God and the ancestors for his incredible life journey.

Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble is Professor, Ministerial Leadership and Practical Theology at the GTU/ Berkeley School of Theology (formerly American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW), and Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Valerie engages liberation theology as a womanist scholar, practical theologian, and community activist pastor to raise critical awareness of systemic oppressions.

As the 2021 GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Valerie holds dual department alignment in Theology & Ethics and in Religion & Practice to integrate theoethics with intersections of social justice praxis in church and society for restorative public approaches. She chaired Women’s Studies in Religion (WSR) Steering Committee 2019-21. Valerie is an ordained clergy woman and interim pastor with earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from GTU schools and PhD in Management with Leadership & Organizational Change emphasis from Walden University, Minneapolis. Her service roles include the AAR-Womanist Approaches’ Steering Committee Co-chair, AAR-Western Region Board, and GTU-Religion & Practice Department Chair (2023-2024).

“Coming of age in the Civil Rights movement and, as a mother of a millennial generation son, I am keenly aware that systemic and structural challenges to freedom have not changed much. Prophetic ministry in the 21st century critically must grapple the issues and stand to support millennial activists with intergenerational voices proclaiming God’s demands for ethical praxis of faith, justice, and love.”

Intro, Change Agent Church (Lanham: Lexington/Fortress Academic imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. Paperback release 2021).

Registration Fee: $10

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