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On Friday, December 14, 2007, 7:00pm, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, the National Coalition for Burned Churches (NCBC) will honor the work of 11 incredible men and women who have given a decade of service to rebuilding Southern black churches. Among the national recipients of the 2007 Humble Servant Award is Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy—scholar, activist, and educator—of Harvard University.
As the founding director of Harvard’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Church Rebuilding Program, Dr. McCarthy has brought nearly two hundred students to the South since 1997 to rebuild African-American churches that have been burned by arson attacks. He began this work when he was a doctoral student in American history at Columbia University, and brought the program to Harvard when he began teaching there in 1998-1999. He also started an ASB church rebuilding program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of the American South from 2003-2005. A specialist on the history of American race relations and social justice movements, Dr. McCarthy has published two books with the New Press—"The Radical Reader" (2003) and "Prophets of Protest" (2006)—and lectures widely throughout the country. He holds a joint faculty appointment in Harvard College and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he also teaches political communications. This year, he is a Fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, where he is working on a new book about interracialism in the abolitionist movement.