African-American Religion
Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in Black Baptist Church 1880-1920
Righteous Discontent
The Women's Movement in Black Baptist Church 1880-1920
Paperback      ISBN: 0674769783
What Du Bois noted has gone largely unstudied until now. In this book, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham gives us our first full account of the crucial role of black women in making the church a powerful institution for social and political change in the black community. Between 1880 and 1920, the black church served as the most effective vehicle by which men and women alike, pushed down by racism and poverty, regrouped and rallied against emotional and physical defeat. Focusing on the National Baptist Convention, the largest religious movement among black Americans, Higginbotham shows us how women were largely responsible for making the church a force for self-help in the black community. In her account, we see how the efforts of women enabled the church to build schools, provide food and clothing to the poor, and offer a host of social welfare services. And we observe the challenges of black women to patriarchal theology. Class, race, and gender dynamics continually interact in Higginbotham's nuanced history. She depicts the cooperation, tension, and negotiation that characterized the relationship between men and women church leaders as well as the interaction of southern black and northern white women's groups. Higginbotham's history is at once tough-minded and engaging. It portrays the lives of individuals within this movement as lucidly as it delineates feminist thinking and racial politics. She addresses the role of black Baptist women in contesting racism and sexism through a "politics of respectability" and in demanding civil rights, voting rights, equal employment, and educational opportunities. Righteous Discontent finally assigns women their rightful place in the story of political and social activism in the black church. It is central to an understanding of African American social and cultural life and a critical chapter in the history of religion in America.
Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective
Sexuality and the Black Church
A Womanist Perspective
Paperback      ISBN: 1570752427
Slave Religion: The
Slave Religion
The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South
Paperback      ISBN: 0195174127
Twenty-five years after its original publication, Slave Religion remains a classic in the study of African American history and religion. In a new chapter in this anniversary edition, author Albert J. Raboteau reflects upon the origins of the book, the reactions to it over the past twenty-five years, and how he would write it differently today. Using a variety of first and second-hand sources-- some objective, some personal, all riveting-- Raboteau analyzes the transformation of the African religions into evangelical Christianity. He presents the narratives of the slaves themselves, as well as missionary reports, travel accounts, folklore, black autobiographies, and the journals of white observers to describe the day-to-day religious life in the slave communities. Slave Religion is a must-read for anyone wanting a full picture of this "invisible institution."
The Social Teaching of the Black Churches
The Social Teaching of the Black Churches
Paperback      ISBN: 080061805x
Soul Survivors: An African American Spirituality
Soul Survivors
An African American Spirituality
Paperback      ISBN: 0664256066
Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation
Stony the Road We Trod
African American Biblical Interpretation
Paperback      ISBN: 0800625013
A Strange Freedom: The Best of Howard Thurman on Religious Experience and Public Life
A Strange Freedom
The Best of Howard Thurman on Religious Experience and Public Life
Paperback      ISBN: 080701057x
A collection of writings covering such topics as Thurman's trip to India in 1936 and the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Whitney Young
Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion
Terror and Triumph
The Nature of Black Religion
Paperback      ISBN: 0800636015
Trabelin' on: The Slave Journey to an Afro-Baptist Faith
Trabelin' on
The Slave Journey to an Afro-Baptist Faith
Paperback      ISBN: 0691006032
Mechal Sobel's fascinating study of the religious history of slaves and free blacks in antebellum America is presented here in a compact volume without the appendixes. Sobel's central thesis is that Africans brought their world views into North America where, eventually, under the tremendous pressures and hardships of chattel slavery, they created a coherent faith that preserved and revitalized crucial African understandings and usages regarding spirit and soul-travels, while melding them with Christian understandings of Jesus and individual salvation.
Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church
Upon This Rock
The Miracles of a Black Church
Paperback      ISBN: 0060924594
The author of Small Victories provides an inspirational portrait of Reverend Johnny Ray Youngblood and the work of his remarkable church in one of New York's worst areas. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. National ad/promo. NYT.