A discussion of Dr. McWilliams’ dissertation–Part one

On Thursday, May 27th, 2010, I interviewed recent graduate Dr. Weldon McWilliams about the first three chapters of his Temple University Ph.D dissertation, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES: THE PAN AFRICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY. This is an important discussion about American Christians who were willing to lay their lives down on the line for the cause of liberating others and spreading the Gospel. A special thanks to Vania Gulston for production assistance. -RF.

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Author: Dr. Rhone Fraser

Dr. Rhone Fraser is an independent writer and journalist born of Jamaican immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, on October 12, 1979. He moved to Florida in 1989 and graduated from Zephyrhills (FL) High School in 1997. He graduated from Yale University in 2001, after which time he taught in the public school systems in New Haven (CT) and the Bronx for three years. He then began writing independently and finished a documentary play on the life of Fannie Lou Hamer entitled, "Living Sacrifice," for which he still seeks publication. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple as of August 31, 2012. His dissertation was a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson. He also is a freelance editor and radio producer, and is currently producer of WPEB's Freedom Readers on 88.1 FM in Philadelphia.