Velma E. Love

HUSD Project Director at Howard University

2400 6th St NW, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Howard University
HQ Phone:
(202) 806-6100
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Last Updated 12/5/2016

General Information

Employment History

Founder and Director  - ASUWA Studios , Inc

Associate Professor of Religion  - Florida A&M University


M. Div.  - Union Theological Seminary

Ph.D.  - Claremont Graduate University


ISS Assistant Director  - Claremont Graduate University

Web References  

Lee Thompson Young Foundation | Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum | Charlotte

- Velma Love
Bipolar disorder struck Velma Love's family more than a decade ago. Tuesday, his mother Velma Love addressed the Forum about her family's effort to educate the broader community, and particularly African-Americans, to the disease and how to promote wellness for all, including those who suffere with this disorder, which in an earlier era was called manic-depression. Dr. Love Love was introduced by longtime Forum participant Thomas Moore, an early childhood educator now at Benedict College. Dr. Love leads the Equipping the Saints Project at Howard University, joining Howard in 2012 after serving as an assistant professor of religion at Florida A&M University. She earned an M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 1999 and the Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2006.

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Dr Velma Love Storyteller, Ethnographer, &Ritual Facilitator
Dr Velma Love

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Dr Velma Love
A native South Carolinian, Dr. Love grew up in the segregated south. She reports a vivid memory of "colored" and "white" drinking fountains and waiting rooms. The Freedom Riders and Civil Rights workers were her heroes as she developed a social consciousness at a very young age. The social ecology of her childhood was rich with grandparents, extended family, and caring community. She didn't know that people like her were considered "underprivileged" until she studied sociology in college. She describes her childhood experiences as filled with love and fun. Her playground was her grandfather's one hundred acre farm, where she and her brothers and friends learned to take long walks, pick wild flowers, eat fresh fruit, and live close to nature. Dr. Love is a scholar of African and African American religions and spiritual practices. She researches the Ifá/Orisha traditions and translates ancient spiritual practices for contemporary applications. She is an author, an independent scholar, and a mental health and emotional wellness advocate. The founder and director of ASUWA Studios, Inc, a gathering place for designing new life stories, she is a narrative coach/facilitator that helps people "change their stories to change their lives." About Dr. Love Dr. Love is tenured Associate Professor of Religion at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. She is Visiting Scholar and Project Director of "Equipping the Saints: Promising Practices in Black Congregational Life," a Lilly Endowment funded project at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. Stay Connected Email Address © 2014 Dr. Velma Love. All Rights Reserved.

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