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Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religion Professor
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
What Many People Perceive As Genius Is Really Just Perseverance In Disguise.

Birthplace

Born:
9/20/1968
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religion Professor
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
What Many People Perceive As Genius Is Really Just Perseverance In Disguise.

Birthplace

Born:
9/20/1968
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Reverend Maisha Itia Handy was born on September 20th in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother and father were musicians associated with the Phil Cohran Ensemble, the Pharaohs and Earth, Wind and Fire. She started school at Ile Iwe Ominara School, which means “School of Knowledge”. Handy also attended Faulkner School and St. Felicitas Elementary School. A talented singer and a pom pom girl, Handy graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in 1985. That summer she felt called to the ministry. At Lincoln University she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1989 and briefly attended the University of Missouri Law School. Handy received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in 1994 and her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2002. Dr. James W. Fowler III, Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. and Dr. Jacqueline Grant served as Handy’s mentors.

Handy was national president of the Baptist Student Union from 1988 to1989. Licensed to preach in 1991, Handy was ordained in the gospel ministry at First Baptist Congregational Church in Chicago in 1994. She worked as youth minister and minister of music for the Suwanee Parish United Methodist Church from1994 to1998 and served as program assistant for the Black Church Studies Program at Candler School of Theology. Handy served as program assistant and research consultant for the Lilly Endowment’s Youth Theology Institute from 1994 to1997. In 1999, Handy spent a year as teaching assistant to Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Since 2000, she has been assistant professor of Christian Education at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary (ITC) in Atlanta. Handy is currently minister of Christian Education at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Handy, a member of Theta Phi National Honors Society, has presented scholarly papers to the American Academy of Religion and other institutions. Her themes range from youth and women’s issues to shame as a socializing mechanism. An example of one of her articles is, “Fighting the Matrix: Toward a Womanist Pedagogy for the Black Church,” which appeared in volume XXXII of the Journal of the ITC in 2005. Handy serves on the board of the Youth and Family Convocation and is a council member of Ndugu and Nzingha Rites of Passage. She serves as Minister of Music for the First African Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Handy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 23, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her mother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her maternal ancestors' sharecropping, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her maternal ancestors' sharecropping, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her maternal great-grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her father's background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her father's background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her father's musical genius
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her father's involvement in Chicago's Afro-Arts Theater
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her family's involvement in the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her family's resistance to mainstream holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes Islam's impact on the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy recalls schools she attended in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy recalls converting to Christianity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy remembers Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes community members and her father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her activities at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy remembers Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her self-perception in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her college options
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy remembers her call to ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her involvement in the Baptist Student Union
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes becoming a criminal justice major
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes the Black Panther Raid in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her criminal justice experiences in Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her activities at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy remembers becoming the Baptist Student Union's national president
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy recalls the Baptist Student Union choir
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her law school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy recalls her seminary education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy remembers Candler School of Theology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her instructors at Candler School of Theology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy distinguishes black theology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes cultural representations of God
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes womanist theology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her master's and Ph.D. dissertations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy defines shame in the context of church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy talks about biblical interpretation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy talks about biblical interpretation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes the importance of dialogue in theology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes relationships between Christianity and African culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her dissertation findings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy talks about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy considers the relationship between Christianity and punishment
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes differences between black theologians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy recalls teaching at Atlanta's Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy shares her perspective on megachurches
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes the importance of womanist theology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes resistance to womanist theology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy talks about womanist theology and Islam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her teaching and research plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes African rites of passage organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Reverend Maisha Handy describes Atlanta's First Iconium Baptist Church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her extended family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes her interests
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Maisha Handy describes how she would like to be remembered