2020 marks 150 years since the founding of the Howard University School of Divinity, the nation’s premier historically Black theological institution (HBTI). Howard University was chartered in 1867 by an act of Congress and in 1870, the academic unit for theological education was established. The school became fully accredited in 1940 by the Association of Theological Schools under the leadership of Dean Benjamin Elijah Mays. HUSD remains one of the oldest fully accredited theological institutions in the United States and is the only HBTI (out of the 6 accredited HBTI’s) connected to a comprehensive category I research institution. Throughout its history, HUSD has gained an enviable reputation for its distinguished faculty and graduates who have made an indelible impact on the nation and the world.
“The Gift of Black Theological Education: History, Legacy & Advocacy” is the theme for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary. We will kick off the year with a special Opening Worship Service on February 27, 2020 at 7pm in Dunbarton Chapel on the Howard University West Campus featuring Bishop Walter Scott Thomas Sr., Senior Pastor, New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD.
We will celebrate scholarly excellence on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8:30am with a one-day Academic Symposium on the Main Campus of Howard University (Carnegie Building). There will be panels representing all the major academic disciplines within theological education. All events are free and open to the public!
We will host an Arts Festival: Celebrating Black Creativity and Innovation on Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ 11:00 am on West Campus at Howard University School of Divinity. This event celebrates the interconnectedness of Arts and Religion by featuring the creative works of Black artists across a variety of artistic mediums.