By Kimberly Hill and Karen Hice Guzmán

Kimberly Hill: The Legacy of Black Missionaries

“I like that model of people becoming stronger and making a lasting impact through caring for one another, not necessarily through using political or economic ways to become more powerful. Their power was in love and respect." — Kimberly Hill

Listen in on our conversation with historian Kimberly Hill in which we talk about her studies around African American missionary work and Black internationalism.

I met Kimberly Hill earlier this year when Women in the Academy and Professions began hosting weekly prayer meetings and she became a “regular.” The week her newly printed books arrived, she held one up to the computer’s camera and we all celebrated this accomplishment. While primarily written for an academic audience, I really enjoyed reading A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa. It’s an intriguing mix of history — in Africa and the US — and the tale of a couple who love God, his mission in the world, and one another. I am grateful for Dr. Hill, her work, and her willingness to take the time to chat with me.

Karen Hice Guzmán

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About the Author

Kimberly Hill specializes in African American history and Black internationalism. She has taught at the University of Texas at Dallas since 2014 with a previous appointment at Del Mar College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, with missions related coursework from Dr. Grant Wacker at Duke Divinity School. A Higher Mission is her first book, and she has published chapters in the following books: Africa Bears Witness, Alabama Women, and Faith and Slavery in the Presbyterian Diaspora.

Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.

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