Black Liberation Theology of Disability
Kendrick Kemp has a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, a BA in Social Work from Syracuse University, and an MSW from Binghamton University. He has created his own theology that continues to evolve.
Black Liberation Theology of Disability a) encompasses black persons living with disabilities and focuses on their needs socially, spiritually, and economically b) seeks to transform society to embrace black persons living with disabilities as an integral part in the fabric of society c) understands a disabled God; a God paralyzed by the cross; a God, not apathetic to suffering, but in solidarity with the marginalized.
With mentors and peers such as the late Dr. James Cone, and Dr. Cornel West and speaking engagements at places like Ferguson, MO, and The American Academy of Religion, Kendrick is supported and admired by both his peers in his industry as well as his community.
Kendrick plans to begin work to complete his Doctorate of Ministry at Howard University School of Divinity and to become an ordained Reverend at American Baptist Churches in 2019.
"Kendrick is to those of us who are black and living with a disability what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the civil rights movement." - Lenin Dominguez
What Kendrick Arthur Kemp Does For The Community:
In Their Own Words
Dr. Cornel West
Democratic Socialists of America
“My dear brother Kendrick is a brilliant and courageous freedom fighter. I am blessed to work with him in efforts to highlight the deep humanity and rich creativity of precious physically-challenged people."
Author of Somebodyness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Theory of Dignity (1993), Xodus: An African-American Male Journey (1996), My Sister, My Brother (with his wife Karen) (1997), Black Religion After the Million Man March (1998), Dirty Hands: Christian Ethics in a Morally Ambiguous World (2000) & Bible Witness in Black Churches (2009).
“Kendrick Kemp is a hard-working, humble, yet superior intellectual I have known a little over a year. He is developing a Black Liberation Theology of Disability. This theology combines three important concepts: 1). Black Theology; 2). Liberation theology; and 3) a liberating view of Disability. Further, its breadth of design addresses both academic and practical applications, and cast in terms of the variety of pan African peoples in the global Diaspora.”
Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.
Director Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center
“Mr. Kemp is, without a doubt, one of the most inclusive and vividly visionary individuals whom I have had the privilege and pleasure to have mentored as well as to have taught in an academic environment and beyond.“
Dr. Zachariah Duke, BBI
The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand
“Kendrick Kemp is an innovative and gifted theologian researching the crucially important nexus between disability and black liberation theology. Kendrick brings a unique and refreshing, yet under-heard and valued voice to this emerging field.”
Rev. Micah Bucey
Associate Pastor at Judson Memorial Church
"While witnessing the work and leadership of Kendrick Kemp, I have marveled at his unique combination of generous spirit and bold trailblazing. As students together at Union Theological Seminary, our professor Dr. James Cone urged us to find our own theological voice, and that is exactly what Kendrick has done, combining two aspects of his own identity and his own experience of God to create a revolutionary and evolving tool of "Black Liberation Theology of Disability" for all. I have no doubt that this work will change lives, and I have no doubt that we have only yet scratched the surface of Kendrick's dedication and wisdom.
Director of Advocacy & Outreach, Nonviolent Peaceforce
“Kendrick Kemp is a resonant voice of profound dignity and strength for people who are made even more vulnerable by the presidential election. Like other prophets, he emerges at the historical moment when he is needed most.”
Dr. Myra Sabir
Assistant Professor at Binghamton University
“What excites me most about Kemp's Black Liberation Theology of Disability is its potential to call attention to differing abilities of various inhabited human bodies. Apparently the Soul requires many body forms, however limited our culture's grasp of this may be. Go, Kendrick. Do your needed work!.”
Colleague, Soup Kitchen Coordinator, & Presbyterian Candidate
“Black Liberation Theology of Disabilities bends the boundaries of race, disability, and class. I am struck by its expansiveness in that not only is God in solidarity with the marginalized and the poor, but that God became paralyzed for the sake of the forgotten. Kendrick presents a bold theology criticizing the very presence of white supremacy. Simultaneously, Black Liberation Theology of Disability is a practical theology, which calls faith communities to create and give space to those whose voices and bodies have been suppressed by society and faith institutions.”
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