Black Battle, White Knight

The Authorized Biography of Malcolm Boyd

Michael Battle, Foreword by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Jun/2011, 256 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781596272477



A fascinating profile of one of the most colorful, controversial and celebrated religious figures of our time, Malcolm Boyd—bestselling author, civil rights activist, gay cleric, and spiritual director.

Through unparalleled access to the personal recollections, writings, and archival records of Malcolm Boyd, Michael Battle chronicles one of America’s most celebrated—and reviled—public religious figures. In the dialogue between Battle, a younger, black heterosexual priest, readers will gain a fresh perspective and appreciation for the older, white, gay man’s Christian life of activism and ministry. 

Michael Battle has served the church in many capacities, as Anglican/Episcopal priest, seminary dean and professor, writer, speaker, and retreat leader. His ministry covers the globe and focuses on Christian non-violence, human spirituality, and Black Church Studies. He was ordained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, earned Ph.D. from Duke University, and is the author of nine books, including Ubuntu: I in You and You and Me, from Seabury Books.

Michael is currently President of the PeaceBattle Institute. He also served as Canon Theologian in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and rector of The Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California. Previously, he served as Provost of the Cathedral Center,Vice President, Associate Dean of Academic Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

He also served as Chaplain to the Episcopal House of Bishops; Member of Theology Committee of the Episcopal Church; and currently serves as Spiritual Director for CREDO, Wellness Conference of the Episcopal Church

Malcolm Boyd was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1955. Soon afterward he became a freedom rider in the civil rights movement, serving as a college chaplain in two interracial parishes. He currently serves as Poet/Writer-in-Residence at the Cathedral Center of Saint Paul in Los Angeles, where he also served as chaplain of the AIDS Commission. He is the author of twenty-six books, including Running with Jesus: The Prayers of Malcolm Boyd and Simple Grace: A Mentor’s Guide to Growing Older.

"It is the overarching scope of your life, the depth of your experience, the centering spirit within and the translation of those inner murmurings into concrete acts of justice and love that leave me nearly breathless. How long have we known each other? Of course I knew the outlines of your ongoing and remarkable life and witness. I experienced your friendship and benefited from your wise counsel. We broke bread. I knew of your courage and integrity manifested in so many stages. Still, I am at once both happy to see more deeply into your life now even as I am appalled and not a little saddened by my own dank ignorance now uprooted by the biography. So, may I say, 'Hello, Malcolm. It is very good to meet you in the light of day.' Very good, indeed."
—Larry B. Stammer, thirty-year Los Angeles Times journalist

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