The Womanist Preacher: Proclaiming Womanist Rhetoric from the Pulpit

by Kimberly P Johnson. Lexington Books, July 28, 2017.

This book analyzes sermons to explore how preaching makes womanist thought viable in the Black Church.


four tenets of womanist preaching; rhetorical analysis of womanist preaching; sermons by Elaine M. Flake, Gina M. Stewart, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Melva L. Sampson, and Claudette A. Copeland

Best For

faith leaders who value women in leadership; seminarians


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of women of color by reading these sermons and learning from their voices.
  • Explore truth, inclusion and equity as it relates to women in the African American church by reading this book and comparing it to your congregation.

About the Contributor

McKenzie Scott Lewis

A Baptist minister, McKenzie Scott Lewis’ faith experience ranges from Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Charismatic to Baptist. He has taught at IUPUI, served as corporate diversity director at Wellpoint Inc, coordinated diversity and inclusion efforts at Clarian Health Partners and served as CEO and chief cultural strategist for The MSL Group. He brings energy and experience to engage listeners from all walks of life.

A graduate of DePauw University, McKenzie has written extensively in his area of expertise, including the articles “Building Boardroom Trust” from the July 2009 Leadership Ventures Newsletter; “Editorial on Diversity” in the November 2008 Indiana Business Journal (IBJ); “Clarian Health Partners: United We Thrive” in the April 2007 issue of DiversityInc, Magazine; and “Helping Diversity to Grow Up” in New York Voice/Harlem USA October 1997 edition.

Formerly the director of the Center’s Northwest office in Crown Point, McKenzie Scott Lewis is the director of a new Center for Congregations project: Congregations with Communities.

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