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Brother Devon Jerome Crawford (Spring 2013) Named Inaugural Director Of The William Monroe Trotter C

Brother Crawford will be installed as the Inaugural Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative For Social Justice At The Harvard University Kennedy School Of Government in the fall of 2019. His appointment was made in conjunction with the announcement of his June 2019 graduation from the University of Chicago Divinity School with a Master of Divinity degree.

About Devon Jerome Crawford:

Devon Jerome Crawford is a proud native of Birmingham, Alabama. He is the son of Jerome and Deborah Crawford and the brother of Danielle. Devon is a 2015 honors graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy. While at the college, Devon served as President of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants Program, Circle President of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, presidential ambassador, an Oprah Winfrey South Africa and Zimbabwe fellow, UPS Scholar, and an inaugural member of the John Lewis Fellowship through Humanity in Action and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

During his final year at the college, Devon was named the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. Additionally, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Devon served as the inaugural Humanity in Action Senior Fellow for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Devon’s theology is ultimately concerned with the freedom and liberation of Black people. His academic interests include African and African American Religious Ethics, Historiography and Historical Theory, the intersection of Faith and Politics, and social movements in the U.S. Above all, Devon is passionate about preaching the liberating gospel of Jesus and co-creating a beloved world community.

Most recently, Devon served as the Addie Wyatt - Bill Lucy Fellow at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference.

About The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice:

The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice is an innovative, new initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to promote excellence in the practice of social justice by supporting applied research and the use of evidence in advocacy and activism. The collaborative will facilitate the understanding and advancement of social justice by connecting faculty, students, scholars, practitioners, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of faith. Named for William Monroe Trotter, the first African American Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard and founding influence of the NAACP, the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative will expand the civil rights and social justice legacy of William Monroe Trotter, leveraging the expertise of Harvard faculty, staff and students to build capacity in directly affected communities to address today’s social justice challenges.

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