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The Black Church

The Black Church

This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

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From the earliest days of slavery, when enslaved people were allowed to worship at all, their meetinghouses were subject to surveillance and destruction. Church burnings and bombings by anti-Black racists have continued to the present day, a hallmark of the violent effort to suppress the African American struggle for equality. Gates takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries, from the intersection of Christianity and the transatlantic slave trade to today's political landscape. We emerge with a new understanding of the importance of African American religion to the larger national narrative: as a center of resistance to slavery and white supremacy, as a magnet for political mobilization, as an incubator of musical and oratorical talent that would transform the culture, and as a crucible for working through the Black community's most critical personal and social issues. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2021
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781984880338
Branch Call Number: 277.30089 G2234B 2021
Characteristics: xxiv, 278 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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In this book, his tender and magisterial reckoning with the meaning of the Black church in American history, Gates takes us from his own experience onto a journey across more than four hundred years and spanning the entire country.

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Apr 18, 2021

This book was fascinating, and I learned a great deal from it. I would like to see the PBS documentary of the same title. I appreciated the carefully researched and detailed long history, the variety of perspectives, the depth of understanding of the critical importance of the Black Church, and the explanations of how the Black Church and politics have intersected through the years. It makes me question many things about my own experiences with churches and faith through the years.

Feb 16, 2021

VB Shelf Awareness and PBS program and NY Review of Books 4/29/21


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