Date of Award

January 1999

Degree Type


University or Center

Interdenominational Theology Center (ITC)

Degree Name



This final document addresses the need to empower participants to bring about social Justice in a municipal district plagued by the chemical enslavement of alcohol abuse. In addition to combatting cultural racism, a subordinate concern was the development of an African-centered media and coalition building model for alcohol prevention and intervention to counter mass media imagery associating alcohol with success, wealth, and having fun. This includes the deadly influence of renegade gangster rap artists who have popularized risk-taking behavior which has contributed to the erosion of the cultural fabric of the community and its morals and values. Social justice, personal and communal development were at the heart of my concerns. The ensuing learning experiences were framed by ethnographic, historical, sociological, biblical, psychological, theological and from a pastoral care perspective.