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African American Studies Department presents Black Solidarity Day:
Post Obama: How do we lead?
Speaker: Reverend Shareka Newton
Born & raised in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, Reverend Shareka Newton was reared by her maternal grandmother Priscilla Barnes-Davis. Mrs. Davis instilled a sense of faith & community into Shareka while encouraging her to be inquisitive & to formulate her own ideas. The idea that both God & attending church were important was further developed and eventually grew and flourished through her years growing up at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Rev. Newton attended A. Philip Randolph Campus H.S. in Harlem, NY. She continued her education at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where in 2003, she received her B.A. in English. Rev. Newton accepted her call to ministry in the spring of her senior year at Spelman & was licensed to preach & teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in fall 2004. May 2008, she received her Master of Divinity Degree from Drew University Theological School. Rev. Newton did her field education experience at St. James A.M.E in Newark, NJ. She was ordained on December 13th of 2008 & currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church.