Lancaster Theological Seminary is funding a new, one-time merit-based scholarship named in honor of its 2018 commencement speaker, The Reverend Traci Blackmon.
In the fall, Lancaster Theological Seminary will award a $1,000 tuition scholarship to an incoming student “who demonstrates an expansive vision for the Church as a sacred launching pad for community engagement and social change.”
Lancaster Seminary President Rev. Carol E. Lytch, Ph.D., in announcing the scholarship, said, “Rev. Blackmon is an exemplary pastoral leader for our time, calling us to action and proclaiming the need to create a Moral Revival in our nation. In honor of her example, we will award this one-time scholarship to an incoming student in the fall.”
Rev. Blackmon delivered the Seminary's commencement address on May 5. She is executive minister of Justice & Local Ministries for The United Church of Christ in Cleveland. She also serves as senior pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Missouri.
A prominent community leader, a gifted preacher, and a much-loved pastor and teacher, Rev. Blackmon rose to national prominence for her leadership in the aftermath of the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, Missouri.
She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission, and the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House during the Obama administration. In recognition of her leadership in Ferguson, she received The St. Louis American Stellar Award, St. Louis University’s Community Leader of the Year, and the NAACP and United Trade Unionist–Rosa Parks Award. In 2017 she was named St. Louis Person of the Year for bearing witness and confronting hate and ignorance.