Kendrick's Story, In His Own Words
Prior to suffering two strokes my identity was varied. I was defined in the plural, not the singular. I was a man, a citizen, a pastor’s kid, and a Christian. I was raised within a working class community, and brought up in a working class family. I was an athlete. I made All-State as a running back in football, as a forward in basketball, and set Lyons (New York) Junior and Senior High School track records in the 400, the 800, and the mile relay race. Then, at the age of 20 I suffered a stroke. I became disabled. Shortly after defying my doctor’s expectations by learning how to walk and talk again, I suffered a second stroke at the age of 22. I again learned to walk and talk, defying expectations. I earned a BS in Social Work from Syracuse University, then an MS in Social Work from Binghamton University. I have spent a lifetime overcoming, yet I am not defined or identified by these accomplishments. The moment I suffered that first stroke my identity became singular. I became disabled.
Kendrick Arthur Kemp, LMSW, MDiv
Professional Speaker and Facilitator
As a seasoned professional speaker, Kendrick has participated in more than 30 speaking engagements over the past two years, sharing his very personal story of the power of finding faith at the center of evolving through life as a black man with a disability. Articulating in his own theological voice the emerging subject matter of the crucially important nexus between disability and Black Liberation Theology – out of the depths of theological wisdom – he presents his work in Black Liberation Theology of Disabilities across the nation to change lives. Mentored and supported by the late founder of Black Liberation Theology, Dr. James Cone, and by Dr. Cornel West, Kendrick has been invited to speak at organizations such as American Academy of Religion, Black Lives Matter, Rice University, Union Theological Seminary, among many others.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work at Syracuse University, a Masters of Social Work at Binghamton University and then went on to earn a Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Kendrick will become an ordained Reverend at American Baptist Churches in 2021.
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