Just call me Keith

Keith Magee is a public intellectual, theologian, and social justice scholar. He is the Director of The Social Justice Institute (Institute) which aims to integrate public policy and public theology to impact the whole of public life. The Institute is located the Elie Wiesel Center, Boston University, where he is also a Scholar In Residence, as well as in African American Studies. Equally essential, he is a Senior Researcher of Culture and Justice, University College London and Visiting Professor, St. Joseph’s University, Faith-Justice Institute (Philadelphia). 

Magee served for five years as the founding director of the National Public Housing Museum in Chicago, IL. He successfully led and initiated the multi-million dollar capital campaign for the museum, which is committed to being a living cultural experience on social justice and human rights. He took the appointment after serving as senior religious affairs advisor with the Obama for America campaign and as a senior director at the Museum of African American History-Boston and Nantucket.

Rooted in the Methodist tradition, Reverend Magee’s ministerial calling has led to leadership as pastor, The Berachah Church, Boston, MA, as resident seminarian, Mount Carmel Church and minister of summer programs, Northminister Presbyterian Church, both of Washington, DC.  He has served on the White House African American Clergy Network and as co-chair of the Massachusetts Council of Chaplains in State Institutions for Governor Deval Patrick.

His eclectic studies have taken him through the prestigious halls of Ohio University, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Oriental and African Studies, Georgetown University, Grace International College, and Harvard Divinity School, ultimately being conferred the doctorate of theology degree. He also has training in economics, pastoral counseling and strategic planning.

Additionally, he is passionate about providing humanitarian aid to children and families throughout the world. He is co-founder of Abba House, created for children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. He has worked with Drs. Paul Farmer and Peter Drobac, to develop a chaplaincy model for hospitals in Rwanda. He is chair of the board of directors of NOW Boarding, a study abroad program for African American college bound males. He also serves on the board of directors, Sankofa Justice and Equity Fund, founded by Harry Belafonte; patron, Co-ED Foundation in the United Kingdom; leadership council, Facing History and Ourselves; and board of advisors, Anti-Defamation League-World of Difference Institute. He is a fellow Royal Society of Arts; member, International Association for Religious Freedom, American Academy of Religion, and Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiums of Scholars. He is a life member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  And, as a dyslexic, one of his most significant accomplishments is the co-founding of the Multicultural Initiative at Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.

Rev. Magee is the author of A Prayer For Our Children, Lulu Publishing, August 2014 and is scheduled to release Restoring Hope: 50 Years of Remembering, Retelling and Reframing the Civil Rights Era, Beacon Press, Spring 2017.  He was commissioned to write the foreword for Towards the Compassionate School: From golden rule to golden thread, IOE/Trentham, UK, September 2015.

He and his two-year old, Zayden, split their time between London, England and Boston, MA.