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Chalice Press Announces Five-Book Deal with Activist/Theologian Osagyefo Sekou

ST. LOUIS -- Chalice Press is excited to announce the signing of a five-book deal with acclaimed activist and theologian Rev. Osagyefo Sekou. An emerging leader in the new Civil Rights Movement, Sekou is an author, civil rights activist, documentary filmmaker, theologian, and musician. Since his experiences on the front lines of the Ferguson protests in 2015-16, Sekou has trained thousands of people in the tactics of nonviolent protest and traveled nationally and internationally as a community organizer.


"Reverend Sekou is a force. His passion for justice, for equality, and for reconciliation is what our country needs to be hearing in these divisive days," said Chalice Press's president and publisher, Brad Lyons. "We are honored to be walking alongside him and to spread his message of resistance and non-violent revolution."


Sekou's previously published collections of essays, urbansouls (with a preface by Cornel West) and Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy, will be re-released this summer and available for pre-order May 5, 2017. Three new books will be published over the next year.


"I am honored to house my writing at one of the premiere progressive Christian publishers in the country, based in my hometown," said Sekou. "My writing and music are shaped by the sonic landscape and the spirit of resistance that is St. Louis."


The re-release of urbansouls and Gods, Gays, and Guns coincides with the launch of Sekou's debut solo album, In Times Like These, on May 5, 2017. Featuring Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, the album pays homage to the South's deep blues and gospel tradition. A special limited edition book and album bundle deal will be available May 5 from


Born in St. Louis and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta, Sekou studied at the New School, Union Theological Seminary, and Harvard University. He has lectured widely, including at Princeton University, Harvard Divinity School, the University of Virginia, University of Paris IV - La Sorbonne, and Vanderbilt University, and is a former Professor of Preaching in the Graduate Theological Urban Studies Program at the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago, IL.


Chalice Press's reputation as the go-to publisher for progressive Christianity is growing, with the publication of William J. Barber's first book, Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation, and Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community by Leah Gunning Francis, among others.


The mission of CBP/Chalice Press is to publish resources inviting all people into deeper relationship with God, equipping them as disciples of Jesus Christ, and sending them into ministries as the Holy Spirit calls them. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Chalice Press is the publishing arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with a broader ecumenical outreach to the wider church.


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