BRANCHBURG, NJ - Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies and William S. Tod Professor of Religion at Princeton University, will address race relations and racial injustice and discuss his latest book, "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul" at Raritan Valley Community College Thursday, Jan.26, from 4-6:30 p.m.

The event, which is free of charge, will be held in the Conference Center (Room C), on the college’s main campus, 118 Lamington Road.

The program is part of a Conversation Series at the College titled “How to Ensure That #BlackLivesMatter Really Matters: A Conversation on Race Relations, Racial Injustice and Inequality,” presented by the Social Action Collective.

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The Los Angeles Times calls the book “one of the most imaginative, daring books of the twenty-first century,” and PBS commentator Bill Moyers says the book “breathes with prophetic fire,” recently writing, “Democracy in Black is rich in history and bold in opinion, and inconvenient truths leap from every page.”

Glaude is a columnist for Time Magazine and regularly provides commentary on radio and television news programs like Democracy Now, Morning Joe, and the 11th Hour. He hosts the podcast AAS21, recorded at Princeton University in Stanhope Hall, the African American Studies department’s home.

He is president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include "African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus!" and "Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America," which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize.

Glaude is also the author of two edited volumes and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. He has also written for The New York Times and The Huffington Post. He is at work on a book about James Baldwin.

Refreshments will be served. For additional information about the program, contact Jacqueline Drummer at 908-526-1200, ext. 8310 or

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.