Balm in Gilead: Black Organizer Series

May 28, 2015

This year, we are continuing to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by looking forward. What do Black leaders have to say about where we stand today? In this series, these leaders talk with Program Director Kevin Ryan about how they developed as community organizers, and share their ideas for building a deeper, stronger Black organizing infrastructure.

Charlene Sinclair

Charlene Sinclair is the founding director of the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy (C-RRED) and the program coordinator for the Interfaith Organizing Initiative. Previously, she served as program director for Engaging the Powers at Union Theological Seminary and campaign director for the Center for Community Change.

A community organizer for over 20 years, Charlene has helped national and local organizations develop grassroots organizing and political strategies. Charlene has also worked as an organizational-development consultant, analyzing institutional strengths and weaknesses, promoting the effective nonprofit management, and mediating between staff and management.

Charlene is pursuing a doctoral degree in social ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. One of her main areas of interest is dismantling mass incarceration by uniting faith conviction and spirituality in social activism. She recently answered her call to ministry and is serving as a lay minister at the Church on the Hill AME Zion Community.


On her beginnings as an organizer and the professionalization of the field:


On the role of faith in Black organizing:


On “Black Lives Matter” and the challenges of the movement:


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