Chism to receive doctorate

Jonathan Chism from Pine Bluff will receive a Ph.D in religious studies from Rice University on Saturday, May 17.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Chism Sr. of Pine Bluff, he is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, received a bachelor of arts degree in managerial studies and psychology from Rice University in 2004, and an master of divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2008 where he graduated summa cum laude.

Chism’s title of his dissertation is: “The Saints Go Marching: The Church of God in Christ and the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, 1954-1968.”