Da’Von Boyd is a doctoral student in African American Studies and Political Science, as a Beinecke Scholar. Da’Von graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morehouse College in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science. His dissertation assesses the political significance of Black religious traditions in shaping the political ideologies, practices, narratives, aims, tropes, and structures of Black-led social movements in the mid-twentieth century in the United States. Specifically, he focuses on four organizations: the Southern Christian Leadership, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Nation of Islam and, the Organization of Afro American Unity. By political significance, he contends that Black religious traditions constructed the philosophical, ethical, and political design of the Civil Rights movement and, subsequently, we ought to perceive the movement—and the theological diversity embedded in its’ different political iterations— as constitutive of a pivotal epoch in the chronology of a divinely imbued and inspired Black freedom struggle.