OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Bettye Collier-Thomas

Portrait of Bettye Collier-Thomas

Bettye Collier-Thomas is professor of history at Temple University. She specializes in race and gender history, particularly religion, politics, and civil rights. Her publications include “Jesus, Jobs, and Justice”: African American Women and Religion (2010), Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979 (1998), and Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement (2001). She founded and served as first executive director of the Bethune Museum and Archives National Historic Site, in Washington, D.C. In 1994 she received the Conservation Service Award from the Department of the Interior for creating the first institution in the United States that focuses solely on black women’s history. She is currently writing a history of African American women and politics.

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