—  From the Cell Block to the Ivory Tower | Christopher Cameron | Weekly Sunday Gathering —  The Montrose Center 401 Branard St #107, Houston, TX 77006

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Main Topic:  From the Cell Block to the Ivory Tower

Main Speaker: Christopher Cameron

Music: Jimmy Smith Trio

Main talk Summary:

This talk will explore his journey from being a convicted felon who experienced a dramatic jailhouse conversion to earning a Ph.D., becoming an atheist and a professor, and publishing articles and books on the history of Black secularism. He will explore how and why he initially embraced Christianity in jail and the thinkers and authors that finally led me to abandon religion, including figures such as Jiddu Krishnamurti, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Hewill finish with a brief discussion of my scholarship on the history of Black atheists and agnostics.

Speaker Bio: 

Christopher Cameron is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his BA in History from Keene State College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research and teaching interests include early American history, the history of slavery and abolition, and African American religious and intellectual history. Cameron is the author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement and Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism. He is also the co-editor of New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition and Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter: Essays on a Moment and a Movement. He is currently writing a history of African American Unitarian Universalists from the mid-18th century to the Civil Rights era.

Musician Bio :

Alexandre “Sasha” Loukachine- Originally from Riga, Latvia. Attended the Clark Terry Institute. Longtime jazz musician in Houston. Corey Dozier- Went to HSPVA. Graduated from the New School, NYC. Jimmy K Smith- Originally from Tulsa Oklahoma. Graduated from Texas State University. Former orchestra guitarist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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The Montrose Center 

401 Branard St #107

Houston, TX 77006

We are on the first floor of the Montrose Center (One level above the ground floor) in room #107 across from the elevators. You will need to take either the stairs or the elevator to get to Floor 1

The Montrose Center 
401 Branard St 2nd Floor, 
Houston, TX 77006

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