Amanda Joy Washington

Chanequa Walker-Barnes


Chanequa Walker-Barnes is an associate professor of Practical Theology at Mercer University's School of Theology. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist, public theologian, and ecumenical minister whose work focuses upon identifying and healing the individual and societal legacies of racial and gender oppression. She is the author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength and I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and a listing among the Englewood Review of Books Best Books of 2019. Walker-Barnes has also published nearly two dozen articles in academic journals in pastoral theology, clinical psychology, and child development.

Festival Years: 2020, 2021