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educator , Minister , sociologist

Cheryl Louise Townsend Gilkes, American sociologist, educator, minister. National Fellowships fund dissertation fellow, 1977-1978, Socialization Training fellow Northeastern University, 1970-1973.


Gilkes, Cheryl Louise Townsend was born on November 2, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Murray Luke Junior and Evelyn Annette (Reid) Townsend.


Bachelor, Northeastern University. Master of Arts, Northeastern University. Doctor of Philosophy, Northeastern University.

Postgraduate, Boston University, 1988. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 2006.


Lecturer University College Northeastern University, Boston, 1973-1978. Instructor sociology Boston State College, 1974-1978, University Massachusetts, 1976. Assistant professor sociology Boston University, 1978-1987.

MacArthur associate professor African-American studies and sociology Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1989-2000, MacArthur assistant professor, 1987-1989, MacArthur professor African American studies and sociology, since 2000. Visiting lecturer Tufts University, 1974, Ashland Theological Seminary, McCreary Institute, 2006. Research associate, visiting lecturer sociology of religion Harvard University Division School, 1981-1982, visiting lecturer African-American religious studies, 1992-1993.

Visiting lecturer Afro-American studies Simmons College, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1989, Iliff School Theology, 1989, Temple University, 1989. Faculty fellow Bunting Institute, Radcliff College, 1982-1984. Visiting scholar Episcopal Division School, 1992-1993.

Fellow W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, Institute Advanced Study Religion, Yale University, 1999-2000. Host gospel music radio station WMHB Waterville, since 2002.


  • Other Work

    • Author: If It Wasn't for the Women.: Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community, 2000. Contributor articles and reviews to professional journals, chapters to books.


Secretary Cambridge Civic Unity Committee, 1978-1987. Member advisory committee Schlessinger Library., Radcliffe College, 1984-1986. President Cambridge Black Cultural and History Association, 1978-1987.

Parliamentarian, assistant dean congress Christian Education United Baptist Convention, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, since 1986. Associate minister Union Baptist Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982-1997, assistant pastor, since 1998. Fellow: Institute Advanced Study Religion.

Member: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Council Negro Women, Urban League Eastern Massachusetts, Association for Sociology of Religion, Society Study Black Religion, Science Society Study of Religion (executive council 1995-1997), Sociologists Women in Society (lecturer 2002-2003), Association Black Sociologists, Society Study of Sybolic Interaction, American Academy Religion, Association Humanist Sociology, Society Study of Social Problems (vice president 1990-1991), Massachusetts Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society 1995-1996, (Robin M. Williams lecturer 1998-1999, Merit award 2008), American Sociological Association (Spivak dissertation fellow 1977-1978, member council 1995-1998), Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Kappa Phi.


Murray Luke Townsend Junior

Evelyn Annette (Reid) Townsend