Welcome Rev. Nyle Fort, Minister of Justice, Advocacy, and Change

Rev. Fort is an ordained minister, faith-based organizer, and activist-scholar committed to both the sanctity of human beings and the earth on which we live. His earliest childhood experience was in a Pentecostal church, where he was nurtured in vibrant expressions of the experience of God and the warmth and love of a supportive community. This experience leads him to emphasize the importance of a “beloved community.”

Rev. Fort received his B.A. in English from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Religion and Interdisciplinary Humanities, with a concentration in African American Studies, from Princeton University. Rev. Fort has worked with scholars well known to us at Riverside: Imani Perry, Eddie Glaude, Cornell West, Michelle Alexander, and others.

Currently, Rev. Fort is the Lead Coordinator of Faith-Based Strategy with the Dream Defenders. This is a multiracial organization formed after the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. It is fundamentally committed to the work of organizing marginalized communities to meet their own needs. He has also been a Mellon Teaching Fellow at Columbia University in African American Studies.

Rev. Fort begins his Riverside tenure on September 29.