Earle J. Fisher

Earle J. Fisher completed his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Memphis and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. As a scholar that studies rhetoric and religion and Black Liberation movements, Dr. Fisher teaches religion and humanities at several colleges and universities. As a community organizer, Dr. Fisher co-organized the Memphis Grassroots Organization Coalition in August of 2015 in response to the brutal death of Darrius Stewart as well as spearheading initiatives in criminal justice reform, media accountability, the removal of confederate monuments, and voter empowerment. In November of 2017, Dr. Fisher formed  #UPTheVote901, a voting rights initiative to increase overall voter turnout in Memphis and Shelby County Tennessee.

Dr. Fisher is the author of the forthcoming book, The (Re)Introduction of The Black Messiah: Rev. Albert Cleage Jr., and the Black Prophetic Tradition (Lexington Books, 2021), and two provocative essays, Brother Malcolm, Dr. King, and Black Power and the forthcoming, Introducing Sermonic Militancy – A Call Towards More Revolutionary Homiletics and Hermeneutics (Journal of Communication and Religion, Fall 2021).

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