The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) is a community of discourse, focusing on religious responses to issues of race (and similarly functioning ethnic or cultural markers of social otherness) within contemporary western cultures. At the heart of the TRRR initiative is a concern that a current obstacle to addressing persistent racial problems in a number of western contexts is that “race” is increasingly dismissed as a category of explanation for social problems—even where blacks find themselves disproportionately enduring adverse social dynamics and conditions. TRRR wants to ensure that where race is an accurate and useful explanation for social problems and potential solutions that it receives appropriate attention. Though TRRR’s approach is scholarly, its commitment is to advancing informed and progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in dialogue and collaboration with broad publics (including faith-based, civil society, and governmental leaders).
R. Drew Smith, Morehouse College; William Ackah, Birkbeck, University of London; Rothney Tshaka, University of South Africa; and J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological College, Ghana
R. Drew Smith: Connecting Religious Leaders and Scholars throughout the Diaspora