Joshua L. Lazard is a writer, ordained minister and public intellectual, who offers engaging social and theological commentary that provides a provocative cultural critical awareness. This allows him the opportunity to preach and teach in numerous educational and ecclesiastical spaces.
A Chicago South Side native, Joshua is a graduate of Fisk University with a B.S. in Accounting after attending Dillard University in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. He went on to graduate from the Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Church Music with a thesis entitled “The Effectiveness of Music and the Role of Preaching in the Black Church.”
While in seminary, he discovered his penchant and love for writing and launched his blog in 2007 as an armchair cultural critic. When social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram emerged, he operated under the well-known moniker The Uppity Negro as he is still known in social media networks. Through his blog and other online social networks, Joshua engages conversations around modern-day faith traditions, American contemporary religious life as well as black religious thought, African American culture and politics in the age of the Obama presidency. Other writings by Joshua have been featured at Religion Dispatches.
Currently, Joshua serves as the first C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement at Duke University Chapel.
He resides in Durham, North Carolina.