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The Black Church. A Refuge in a Hostile World. African Past. Black Church(es). Western Christianity. filter. Black Sacred Cosmos. W.E.B. Dubois – “The Negro church was born in the African forest.”. African Survival a means to:.

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the black church

The Black Church

A Refuge in a Hostile World

black sacred cosmos

African Past

Black Church(es)

Western Christianity

filter

Black Sacred Cosmos

W.E.B. Dubois – “The Negro church was born in the African forest.”

african survival a means to
African Survival a means to:
  • Explain the Black Church’s freedom to interpret scripture & his own suffering
  • Give identity & meaning to his existence
  • Deposit his African culture
  • Frazier – “basis of social cohesion”
the african in america a religious historical overview
The African in America: A Religious Historical Overview

Free African Society – Richard Allen & Absalom Jones

Mother Bethel AME – Phil. Richard Allen

AMEZ in NY – Peter Williams & Francis Jacobs

North

South

1801

1794

1787

AFRICA

1800

1773

1750

1701

1619

Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (London)

Quakers & Anglicans

1st Quasi-Independent Church

Siverbluff, SC – George Liele

1st Africans arrive in Jamestown as Indentured Servants

Great Awakening

2/3 Baptists, 1/3 Methodists

Insurrections, etc…

the african in america a religious historical overview1
The African in America: A Religious Historical Overview

Urbanization & Migration to Northern cities (secularization, social differentiation & storefronts)

Freedman begin churches, educ. Inst. & foreign missions for political & social good

North

South

Post WWII Black middle class develops

1914

1945

1801

1794

1787

AFRICA

1865-66

1950s/60s

1906

1897

1850

1800

1773

1750

1701

1619

Black Power & Black Protest

Complete Split b/w most Black & White Baptists & Methodists

Invisible now Visible, Institutionalized & Structured

First Black Pentecostal Movement

Spread of Black Pentecostal to LA – Azuza Street

Decline of population in the South (77% in 1890, 72% in 1900, and by 1910 66% of all African Americans lived in the South; by 1975, 75% of all African Americans lived in the North). Today, a steady movement back to the South.

black theology
Black Theology
  • Black church is a direct consequence of slavery
  • Black church is a response to racism
  • Norm=presence of a Black Jesus

“The norm of all God talk which seeks to be Black talk is the manifestation of Jesus as the Black Christ who provides the necessary soul for Black liberation.”