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Maisha I. Kariamu Handy

Maisha I. Kariamu Handy serves as both the vice president for academic affairs/provost and associate professor of religion and education at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, where she has been employed for 18 years. She is the author of “Fighting the Matrix: Toward a Womanist Pedagogy for the Black Church” in The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center and coauthor of “Getting Real” in Keep It Real: Working with Today’s Black Youth. She founded the Holla If You Hear Me! hip hop forum—a series that engages the hip hop generation, the church, and the academy in community dialogue—and served as the Black Women in Church and Society Womanist Scholar during her tenure as faculty at ITC. Currently serving as the pastor of Rize Community Church in Atlanta and a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Handy was licensed and ordained to the gospel ministry at First Baptist Congregational Church of Chicago (Baptist/UCC) and ordained as a Ruling Elder in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. She received the MDiv degree with honors from Candler School of Theology of Emory University and a PhD degree in religion (theology and personality) from Emory University.