Rev. Alease Brown, Ph.D. was a theologian, social justice advocate, and global religious leader. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, SA) and worked with the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice. Dr. Brown was particularly interested in the topic of human dignity as it is realized by, or impeded in, the lives of Black women of the African diaspora. Her research probed race and gender justice, protest, resistance, discourses of (non)violence through the lens of critical theory, Africana, gender, and postcolonial (decolonial) studies, biblical studies, and early church history. She completed her PhD in Systematic Theology at Stellenbosch University (Cape Town, SA). Before her passing, Dr. Brown was the “on the ground” South Africa liaison for the Daughters and served on the 2020 Daughters Consultation Committee. Dr. Brown held a deep love for connecting people, preaching the gospel, drawing out new theological meaning from familiar passages, and sharing light with the world. In her words, “she was born for this!”
The Desmond Tutu Centre pays tribute to Rev. Alease Brown, Ph.D.