Your spirits walk beside us : the politics of Black religion / Barbara Dianne Savage.Material type: TextPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008Description: 359 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780674031777 (alk. paper); 0674031776 (alk. paper).Subject(s): African American churches -- Political activity | African American clergy -- Political activity | African Americans -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Christianity and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -340) and index.
The reformation of the "Negro church" -- Illusions of black religion -- In pursuit of pentecost -- The advent to civil rights -- Southern Black liberal protestantism -- A religious rebellion -- Reconcilable difference.
"From the 1920s on, some of the best African American minds - W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Benjamin Mays, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Mary McLeod Bethune, Charles S. Johnson, and others - argued tirelessly about the churches' responsibility in the quest for racial justice. Could they be a liberal force, or would they be a constraint on progress? There was no single, unified black church but rather many churches marked by enormous intellectual, theological, and political differences and independence. Yet, in the face of discrimination and poverty, churches were called upon again and again to come together as savior institutions for black communities." "The tension between faith and political activism in black churches testifies to the difficult and unpredictable project of coupling religion and politics in the twentieth century. By retrieving the people, the polemics, and the force of the spiritual that animated African American political life, Savage has dramatically demonstrated the challenge to all religious institutions seeking political change in our time."--Jacket.
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