About the Writer

Derrick McQueen earned his B.A. in Theater Arts from Drew University, an M.Div. in Theology and the Arts, and his Ph.D. in Homiletics and New Testament, the latter both from Union Theological Seminary. Derrick is currently serving as the interim pastor of the historic St. James Presbyterian church in Harlem. He also serves as the associate director of community partnerships for a new center at Columbia University, the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice (CARSS). CARSS is a project that advances research, education, and public engagement at the nexus of religion, race, and sexuality, in general, but with a particular focus on black communities, both in the United States and the wider African Diaspora. He has been with the project since its inception as it tries to navigate and promote conversations around sexuality with a focus on historic black churches. Derrick is also a spiritual multimedia artist and for over a decade has toured a one-man production on the life of Paul Robeson for the East Lynne Theater Company.

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