Michael D. Blackwell is a progressive scholar-activist.  He graduated with a bachelor’s in government/political science from Wesleyan University; a master of divinity in theology and ethics from Yale University; and a doctor of philosophy in social ethics from Boston University.  He is an ordained Baptist minister and has served pastorates in Missionary Baptist, American Baptist, and United Methodist congregations.  Currently, he works as director for multicultural education at the University of Northern Iowa and pastor of Linden United Methodist Church.

Dr. Blackwell is an advocate for social justice, with an emphasis on the poor and people of color.  He holds a pacifist faith, and believes that there is always a positive and constructive avenue of diplomacy to take in international conflict.  He believes a democratic socialist political economy is more ethical, coupled with an anti-racist, anti-sexist, and pluralistic society.  He endeavors to make this perspective a reality in the United States and the world through writing, speaking, blogging, preaching, teaching, and so forth.

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