By Ellen M. Umansky.
Katie Cannon was a force of nature. Her passion, brilliance, emotional honesty, and ethical vision permeated her work. In so doing, it gave voice to an innovative and important theology, grounded in that which Katie described as “Black woman’s reality.” As a white woman, I experience reality very differently than did Katie. Yet, from the mid-1980s, when I first got to know her at (and before) editorial board meetings of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and through her essay on “The Emergence of Black Feminist Consciousness” in Letty Russell’s edited Feminist Interpretation of the Bible, Katie helped me understand the significance of finding my own theological voice—a voice that, like Katie’s, needed to be grounded in my own reality.[ 1]
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 Katie Geneva Cannon, “The Emergence of Black Feminist Consciousness,” in Feminist Interpretation of the Bible, ed. Letty Russell (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1985), 30–40.
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