Wende Marshall

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Wende Marshall

Wende Elizabeth Marshall, works in the Anthropology Department Temple University.


Wende Marshall was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1961 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. She worked as a student and community organizer in Central Harlem, New York City during the 1980s and graduated with an M.A. in religious studies from Union Theological Seminary in 1992. In 1999 she received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University. Her scholarly work centers on the study of race/class, medicine, science and social change, topics covered in her book (Potent Mana: Lessons in Power and Healing) exploring the effects of colonialism on the physical, mental, and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians. The book chronicles indigenous efforts to decolonize through healing, remembering, and political action.

Marshall is also a leader of Stadium Stompers, a movement of North Philadelphia-based community members, students, and workers fighting to stop Temple University’s proposed football stadium. As an adjunct at Temple University, Marshall was a leader in the efforts to unionize adjuncts, resulting in their joining the Temple Association of University Professionals, for which she served as Chair of the Adjunct Constituency Council and member of the Executive Committee. Marshall is also a member of LeftRoots and of the Circle on Revolutionary Nonviolence.[1]


In late 2019 Wende Marshall, Vicki Legion, Z. Lula Haukeness, Rose Brewer and Kelley Collings were part of a 7 member LeftRoots contingent in the 50th Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.[2]

Honoring James Cone

September 3-7, 2018 Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is hosting a week-long online forum honoring theologian Rev. Dr. James Cone, one of the chief progenitors of modern Black intellectual thought. Cone’s critical efforts to catalyze Black liberation theology have undoubtedly shaped religion and history, both through the innumerable students he trained but also through the moving of his work in the world. Our upcoming forum will honor his life and legacy, highlighting his influence across the various fields he shaped. Organized by Associate editor J.T. Roane, the forum will feature essays from Lilian Calles Barger, Wende Marshall, Vernon Mitchell, Jr., Xavier Pickett, Todne Thomas, Corey D.B. Walker, and Judith Weisenfeld.

The forum begins on Monday, September 3, 2018 and concludes on Friday, September 7, 2018. During the week of the online forum, Black Perspectives will publish new blog posts every day at 5:30AM EST. [3]


Wende Marshall, was in 1982, the Third World Caucus contact for Progressive Student Network.[4]

Yoo connection

Wende Marshall December 15, 2017:


Claire Yoo and me, way back in the day (circa 1988).

MMP Host Committee

Media Mobilizing Project April 23, 2014:


MMP is thrilled to announce our powerhouse-of-a-host-committee for our 5th Annual Sustainer Celebration and Launch Party for The Spark: Stories that Change Our Times.

Our hosts are movement-builders, media-makers, organizers, strategists, and everyday people fighting to win our human rights!

Alex Wiles * Alix Mariko Webb * Allison Budschalow & Jonathan Barnes * Amber Felton * Amendu Evans * Amy Miller, Melissa Beatriz, Jonathan Barnes, Gary Broderick, Desi Burnette, Wende Elizabeth Marshall, Anna Grant, Zoraida Cecilia, Melissa Robbins, Bryan Mercer, Audra Traynham, Mica Root, Kati Sipp, Bek Phil, Antoine Haywood, Jay Graber, Renee McBride Williams, Todd Wolfson, Sunanda Ghosh, Molly McLidz, Sheila Quintana, Nomi M-b, Alex Wiles, Fred Pinguel, Milena Velis, Ron Blount, Jeff Rousset, Katya Rosa Botwinick, Harvey Finkle, Brendon Jobs, Patricia Eakin, Willie Colon, Kristin Campbell, Amendu Evans, Allison Budschalow, Ociele Hawkins, Tc Owens, Rugiatu Conteh and Ron Whitehorne.

Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program

Wende Marshall is an alumni of the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program.[5]

Out to Win!


Editors of Issue 1 of Out to Win! included:

Ying-sun Ho, N'Tanya Lee, Mike Leyba, Wende Marshall, Milena Velis, Steve Williams

Spanish translation:

Yahaira Carrillo Rosales, Alex Deane, Rubi Hurta, Luis Lopez, Florencia Manovil, Alejandra Marroquin, Marisol Ocampo, Graciela Viturro

Design: Josh Warren-White.

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