A native South Carolinian, Dr. Love grew up in the segregated south. She reports a vivid memory of “colored” and “white” drinking fountains and waiting rooms. The Freedom Riders and Civil Rights workers were her heroes as she developed a social consciousness at a very young age. The social ecology of her childhood was rich with grandparents, extended family, and caring community. She didn’t know that people like her were considered “underprivileged” until she studied sociology in college. She describes her childhood experiences as filled with love and fun. Her playground was her grandfather’s one hundred acre farm, where she and her brothers and friends learned to take long walks, pick wild flowers, eat fresh fruit, and live close to nature. They played church, and house, and store, and school. Both her father and grandfather were well known and respected family, community, and church leaders. Her mother and grandmothers were homemakers, domestic workers and educators. They told stories and sang songs that nurtured the spirit and tickled the imagination. It was in this environment that she developed a love for story, and that love has fueled her work and shaped her life.
B. A. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
M. Div., Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Ph.D., Religious Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Dr. Love is a scholar of African and African American religions and spiritual practices. She researches the Ifá/Orisha traditions and translates ancient spiritual practices for contemporary applications. She is an author, an independent scholar, and a mental health and emotional wellness advocate. The founder and director of ASUWA Studios, Inc, a gathering place for designing new life stories, she is a narrative coach/facilitator that helps people “change their stories to change their lives.”
Inaugural Charlton Oral History Award, Baylor University
Dumbarton Oaks Summer Research Fellowship
Womanist Scholar Award, Interdenominational Theological Center
Wabash Center Summer Research Fellowship
Fund for Theological Education Dissertation Fellowship
American Academy of Religion
African Association for the Study of Religion
Institute for Signifying Scriptures
Society for the Study of Black Religion
Association for the Study of African & African Diasporic Religions
Oral History Association