The History and Heritage of African American Churches A Way Out of No Way

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-03
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Describes the emergence of an independent church tradition among African Americans.

Author Biography

L.H. Whelchel, Jr., is a respected scholar, university professor, and civil rights activist. A successful church pastor for 25 years, he brings the meticulous research skills of the scholar together with first hand experiences as a minister and the passion of an activist. Dr. Whelchel is currently Professor of Church History at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. His published works include Hell Without Fire: Conversion in Slave Religion, How Long This Road: The Life and Legacy of C. Eric Lincoln, My Chains Fell Off: Heart Religion in African-American Tradition, and My Chains Fell Off: William Wells Brown, Fugitive Abolitionist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
The Road Aheadp. xx
Our Motherp. 1
The African Origins of Humanity and Civilizationp. 1
The African Defenders of the Faithp. 13
Discussion & Review Questionsp. 28
Christianity in Transitionp. 29
Roman Imperial Christianityp. 29
African Developments Apart from Foreign Invasions and Colonization from 300 to 1450 C.E.p. 35
Discussion & Review Questionsp. 47
The European Slave Tradep. 49
Prelude to the Great Calamityp. 49
The Middle Passage from Freedom to Slaveryp. 56
The American Practice of Slaveryp. 64
Discussion & Review Questionsp. 75
The Conversion of Enslaved Africans to the Practice of American Christianityp. 77
Africa's First Encounter with Christian Americap. 77
Conversion and the Inspiration to Literacyp. 91
The Silver Bluff Awakeningp. 97
The Age of the Heroic Preachers 1750-1800p. 102
The Historical Role of Women in the Black Churchp. 115
Discussion & Review Questionsp. 123
The Black Church and Black Reconstructionp. 125
The Emergence of Independent Black Churches and Preachersp. 125
The South as a Field of Missionp. 135
Black Preachers as Political Leaders During Reconstructionp. 138
The Determination and Drive to Establish Independent Black Churchesp. 145
Discussion & Review Questionsp. 149
The Struggle in the Wildernessp. 151
The Emergence of Color Consciousness and Elitism among African Americans: Background to the Plessy v. Ferguson Travestyp. 151
From Slavery to Peonage in the Post-Reconstruction Southp. 158
The Great Migration and the Initiation of the Civil Rights Movementp. 161
The Emergence of Nonconformists, Radicals, and Militants in the African-American Religious Experiencep. 171
The Rise of Grassroots Protests Leading to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Decisionp. 177
Discussion & Review Questionsp. 186
The Civil Rights Movement as an Outgrowth of the Black Churchp. 187
The Montgomery Bus Boycott-The Empowerment of a Movement and the Coming of a Leaderp. 187
Confronting the Philistines-The Struggle to Bring Social Justice to Birminghamp. 205
Gathering of the Masses-The Spiritual Power Base of the Movementp. 213
Black Power Emerges out of the Movementp. 217
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference-The Black Church as the Institutional Center of the Movementp. 223
Discussion & Review Questionsp. 229
Conclusionsp. 231
The People Were Burdened with a Great Oppressionp. 231
And So God Called Them to Preach to the Peoplep. 237
Notesp. 241
Bibliographyp. 311
Glossary of Selected Termsp. 323
Indexp. 335
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