This Black History Month, we will be honoring a cross-section of Union’s Black alums and faculty. Today, we honor Dr. Dwight Hopkins, M.Div. ’84, Ph.D. ’88, who currently serves as the Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology at the @uchidivinity. Dr. Hopkins is a constructive theologian focusing on contemporary models of theology, black theology, and liberation theologies. Like many students before him, Dr. Hopkins was influenced by the work of Union’s own Dr. James Hal Cone who was his advisor. Before he came to Union, Dr. Hopkins unexpectedly called Dr. Cone. They had a four-hour conversation that ultimately led him to enroll in Union. In 1998, Hopkins convened a conference to re-examine the ideas Dr. Cone had articulated nearly three decades earlier. The meeting resulted in a collection of essays titled Black Faith and Public Talk: Critical Essays on James H. Cone’s Black Theology & Black Power, which Hopkins edited. The collection was published during the fall of 1999.