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  • Were You There


    Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, the African American spirituals provide profound insights into the human condition and Christian life. Many spirituals focus on the climax of the Christian drama, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ways in which those events bring about the liberation of God’s people.

    In these devotions for the season of Lent, Luke A. Powery leads the reader through the spirituals as they confront the mystery of Christ’s atoning death and victory over the grave. Each selection includes the lyrics of the spiritual, a reflection by the author on the spiritual’s meaning, a Scripture verse related to that meaning, and a brief prayer.

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  • Our Help


    In Psalm 46:10, God invites His people to spend time reflecting on His power and majesty–to be still and know that He is God. Our Help: Devotions on Struggle, Victory, and Legacy presents a variety of meditations to encourage you to grow stronger in your relationship with God and to share His message of love with others. Written by a variety of authors and representing perspectives from a range of generations, this collection of short devotions and feature stories also includes questions for reflection, suggested Bible readings, a Scripture index, inspiring poetry, and more. Rediscover the hope you have in Christ and how you can live your life to bring Him glory.

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  • Voices Rising : Women Of Color Finding And Restoring Hope In The City


    Servant Partners Press

    A wide-ranging collection of essays by Christian women of color serving in urban poor contexts.

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  • Sojourners Truth : Choosing Freedom And Courage In A Divided World



    Part I: Formation
    1. Pain: Truth Is, Your Identity Can Get You Into Hot Water
    2. Grace: Truth Is, Women Are The Unsung Heroes In This World
    3. Community: Truth Is, There Is No Place Like Home
    4. Purpose: Truth Is, Winners Don’t Quit On Themselves

    Part II: History
    5. Consciousness: Truth Is, It’s Time To Wake Up
    6. Deliverance: Truth Is, Freedom Comes To Those Who Demand It
    7. Trust: Truth Is, We Have A Money Problem

    Part III: Wilderness
    8. Anger: Truth Is, There’s Something That Can Kill You
    9. Death: Truth Is, Remembering Can Bring Us Together
    10. Humility: Truth Is, There Is Hope Worth Holding On To
    11. War: Truth Is, We Must Prepare To Fight

    Part IV: Redemption
    12. Live: Truth Is, We Can Find A Way Out Of The Wilderness
    13. Build: Truth Is, You Need The Right People And The Right Perspective
    14. Heal: Truth Is, Love Will Lead Us Home
    15. Light: Truth Is, Beauty Can Come From Ashes
    16. Home: Truth Is, We Need Courage To Live Redeemed

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    In A Sojourner’s Truth we are drawn into the journey of a young African American girl from South Carolina to the United States Naval Academy and then into a calling as a speaker, mentor, writer, and teacher.

    Intertwined with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson’s story is the story of Moses, a leader who was born into a marginalized people group, resisted injustices of Pharaoh, denied the power of Egypt, and trusted God even when he did not fully understand or know where he was going. Along the way we courageously explore the spiritual and physical tensions of truth-telling, character and leadership development, and bridge building across racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender lines.

    You are invited to bring along your story as well-to discover your own identity, explore your truth-revealing moments, live unafraid, and gain a deeper sense of purpose.

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  • Pappy Moses Peanut Plantation


    Near the end of the civil war, Moses Brown, an elderly black man is the true owner of the Bush Plantation – through inheritance. For appearances, his white son-in-law, Josh, plays the part of Master of the plantation when strangers are about. Together they make a success of the plantation.

    Their main goal is to use the money they make to buy slaves, but not just any slaves – they’re buying family members. The plan is, when they gather the entire family, they’ll exodus north to freedom.

    Problem is, just as they leave, other landowners catch on and hunt them, so they could take possession of the Plantation and its slaves.

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  • Preaching While Bleeding


    African-American preaching must always be relevant to one’s social condition and always available to speak truth to power. It is the only Word that can lift us from the “Underground” to “Higher Ground.” Upon this ground, the whole of Preaching While Bleeding stands.

    “This book challenges and chastises in the way that only H. Beecher Hicks can. I treasure his body of work and celebrate his contribution to the church and the Kingdom. This book is a “must read” for every called out, set apart preacher-whether you started today or decades ago.” -Bishop Vashti McKenzie, 10th District, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Texas

    “Dr. Hicks wrote Preaching While Bleeding as an experienced “bleeder”; therefore, I offer this word of caution-please be careful when reading this book because the blood of the author’s passion may spill on you.” -Dr. Maurice Watson, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Largo, MD

    “If you want to become a real preacher of the Word, this book will be of great value, and it will cost you everything.” -David McAllister Wilson, President, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.

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  • Born A Colored Girl


    From the author of Pappy Moses’ Peanut Plantation and A Slave’s Song – Two slaves, a mother and daughter, separated during the Civil War never to see each other again. From her mother’s diary, Etta Jean will learn to love the mother she never knew. And from the same diary, a mother will finally give of herself.

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  • My Hair Is A Garden


    After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

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  • Exodus Preaching : Crafting Sermons About Justice And Hope


    Exodus Preaching is the first of its kind. It is an exploration of the African American prophetic rhetorical traditions in a manner that makes features of these traditions relevant to a broad audience beyond the African American traditions. It provides readers a composite picture of the nature, meaning, and relevance of prophetic preaching as spoken Word of justice and hope in a society of growing pluralism and the world-shaping phenomenon of racial, economic and cultural diversity. African American preachers have distinctively invested great symbolic significance in the Exodus story, the messianic witness of Jesus, and the prophetic literature for developing and shaping prophetic sermons. Kenyatta Gilbert demonstrates how four distinctive features of discourse can shape sermon preparation, for effective preaching in a period of intense social change, racial unrest, and violence. Gilbert includes dozens of practical suggestions and five practical exercises to equip the reader for preaching in new ways and in new environments. He offers an holistic approach, fully equipping the reader with the theological and practical resources needed to preach prophetically.

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  • African American History And Devotions


    Four weeks’ worth of daily devotions for families, including a scripture verse, a reflection on the scripture, related activities for each day, and a prayer. This devotional is great for use during Black History Month, but can be used at any time.

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  • Voices In The Wilderness


    FINALLY, a scholarly description of the development of Black preaching in the United States that is accessible to the average reader, but also contributes to the academic conversation about both style and theological content. Written from the perspective of a seasoned practitioner and tenured practical theologian, Thomas surveys Black preaching as it has responded to various social and historical time periods. Starting with the brutality of chattel slavery, early formations in segregated Southern life, rapid migration to and urbanization in Northern cities, and various events throughout the post-civil rights era, the book gives convincing details and examples of how the Black preacher helped to guide and sustain the masses of African American people through the wilderness of social change. At the heart of the book, three prime examples are presented as models of the real “”genius”” of Black preaching. The reader will never again think about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in the same way. A special chapter is devoted to the contributions of Black women preachers along with a closing chapter that makes new proposals for the future. The book is a provocative and critical analysis of why Black preaching still matters.

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  • Voices In The Wilderness


    FINALLY, a scholarly description of the development of Black preaching in the United States that is accessible to the average reader, but also contributes to the academic conversation about both style and theological content. Written from the perspective of a seasoned practitioner and tenured practical theologian, Thomas surveys Black preaching as it has responded to various social and historical time periods. Starting with the brutality of chattel slavery, early formations in segregated Southern life, rapid migration to and urbanization in Northern cities, and various events throughout the post-civil rights era, the book gives convincing details and examples of how the Black preacher helped to guide and sustain the masses of African American people through the wilderness of social change. At the heart of the book, three prime examples are presented as models of the real “”genius”” of Black preaching. The reader will never again think about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in the same way. A special chapter is devoted to the contributions of Black women preachers along with a closing chapter that makes new proposals for the future. The book is a provocative and critical analysis of why Black preaching still matters.

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  • Little Leaders : Bold Women In Black History


    This beautifully illustrated New York Times bestseller introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.

    An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

    Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things – bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn’t always accept them.

    The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.

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  • Becoming Married Staying Married


    It’s easy to fall in love and to get married. But what does it really mean to be married? And how do you stay married?

    In Becoming Married, Staying Married, couples will be encouraged to see marriage as a process that never ends. Together they will reflect on current realities particular to African American couples. They will also discover nine key principles that are required for healthy marriages, including concepts like self-awareness, flexibility, maturity, and forgiveness. Practical suggestions on how to further enhance each quality are included, in addition to African proverbs and biblical Scripture that relate to marriage. Questions for discussion and reflection are included at the end of each chapter.

    This insightful resource can be used by African American couples at various stages of their relationship, but it is especially helpful to engaged and newly married couples. Pastor may also choose to use this book as a discussion starter for premarital counseling.

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  • Insights From African American Interpretation


    Series Foreword

    1. Introducing African American Interpretation
    2. Twentieth-Century Foundations
    3. African American Biblical Interpretation In The Early Twenty-First Century
    4. Slavery, Torture, Systemic Oppression, And Kingdom Rhetoric: An African American Reading Of Matthew 25:1-13
    5. Dis-membering, Sexual Violence, And Confinement: A Womanist Intersectional Reading Of The Story Of The Levite’s Wife (Judges 19)


    Additional Info
    Each volume in the Insights series discusses discoveries and insights gained into biblical texts from a particular approach or perspective in current scholarship. Accessible and appealing to today’s students, each Insight volume discusses how this method, approach, or strategy was first developed and how its application has changed over time; what current questions arise from its use; what enduring insights it has produced; and what questions remain for future scholarship.

    Mitzi J. Smith describes the distinctive African American experience of Scripture, from slavery to Black Liberation Theology and beyond, and the unique angles of perception that an intentional African American interpretation brings to the text for a contemporary generation of scholars. Smith shows how questions of race, ethnicity, and the dynamics of “othering” have been developed in African American biblical scholarship, resulting in new reading of particular texts. Further, Smith describes challenges that scholarship raises for the future of biblical interpretation generally.

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  • Momma Knew


    Deeply rooted in an upbeat, urban setting, Momma Knew tells the story of Angela, a feisty and romantic young woman on her quest to find true love. Along the way, Angela takes care in her approach to dating, careful to never let on what she is truly feeling. After all, Momma said: “Never let a man know how you really feel.” Will she find what she’s looking for in the end?

    Momma Knew was written in remembrance of the author’s own mother, who would say those same words. Although the story is fictional, Hoosier admits that she, too, had a difficult time following Momma’s advice, but after surviving her own experiences, she now finds she appreciates her mother’s love and guidance even more and hopes her story inspires her readers to never give up when faced with similar situations.

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  • Role Of Faith And Religion In The Life Of African Americans


    African-Americans who are highly involved in religion have fewer family problems than those who are not involved. The youths in these families have better emotional control and greater involvement in positive, productive activities.

    This book is a discussion of the history of African-Americans–through hundreds of years of cruelty and brutality in slavery, war, and segregation–and the role of Christian faith and churches in helping black people survive and overcome such enormous challenges. These facts offer powerful testament to the role of faith and religion in the lives of African-Americans.

    Encouragement, hope, faith, and determination will help us receive what God has for us if we serve Him! Author Florence Van Liew Crain hopes and prays that those who think they cannot make it will be able to get up, brush themselves off, and move forward.

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  • Purple Pennies


    Sometimes, things are not what they seem, and the things that we carve the most are not always what we need. This story is centered around the life of a young lady named Trish who from the looks of things has it all: a great job, an ideal marriage, nice house, and other luxuries of life. But it’s not until she fights her way to the top that she actually realizes how lonely being at the top can be.

    As life would have it, it’s through a weird twists of events that she gets the chance to see her marriage, her career, and her life for what it really is, a sham of happiness coated with a tint of perfection.

    In just 48 hours, she gets the opportunity to have a second chance at life, happiness, and love.

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  • Plenty Good Room


    This unique short-term Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals. The six-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals: “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “This Lonesome Valley,” “Bow Down on Your Knees,” “Plenty Good Room,” “Ain’t Dat Good News,” and “Were You There?” Marilyn E. Thornton is writing all-new lessons appropriate to the season. Leader helps can be found in the book providing discussion questions and activities. Plenty Good Room is a powerful resource for small groups, Sunday schools, choir groups, and any setting where persons seek to enrich their devotional and spiritual experience through God’s Word and music.

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  • Introduction To African American Preaching


    This book by Frank A. Thomas serves as an introduction and primer on African American preaching. He sets out to answer six questions: 1) What is the historical study and scholarly treatment of black preaching? The formal study of black preaching matured in the 1990s from Abingdon Press, through the books Black Preaching by Henry Mitchell (Interdenominational Theological Center) and The Hum by Evans Crawford (Howard University). The initial chapter traces how and why black preaching evolved. 2) What is black preaching? What makes black preaching distinctive? What are the substantive methodologies and content of black preaching? Does black preaching include the preaching of the African Diaspora or is it limited to American shores? How does black preaching correlate with the preaching methodologies of other communities, i.e. Euro-American, Latino/Latina, Korean, etc. 3) What are the benchmarks of excellence in black preaching? In every preaching tradition, models and styles or examples emerge based on community recognition and acclaim within the cultural preaching tradition. These models are built on criteria that point to “excellence” in oral practice. The goal in the classroom is to surface conscious and unconscious codes of excellence, which the student can then adapt in a particular congregation. 4) What methods are practiced in African American preaching? Three methods are explored from “folk” and “educated” preaching. Methods of “old-time Negro Preaching,” are compared to the Hegelian method of Samuel DeWitt Proctor and the celebrative preaching method of Henry H. Mitchell, Frank A. Thomas, and Luke Powery. 5) What are the future trends in black preaching? What cultural and media forces are changing black preaching? 6) What are the best bibliographic resources in African American preaching?

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  • Promises From God For Men Of Color


    There is no doubt that every African American man can use a word of encouragement. Promises from God for Men of Color does that in a powerful way. This book speaks to the melon the issues they face everyday and offers hope for the road ahead. This inspirational book is packed with Bible verses, powerful quotes from important African American men and excerpts from the highly regarded Men of Color Study Bible.

    *Excerpts from the Men of Color Study Bible on topics relating tool aspects of life, including Leadership,, Positive Thinking and Intimacy with others. Contributors include Rev. Jeremiah Wright, George Matthews, Jawanza Kunjufu and many others.
    * Quotes from highly respected and important African American men will encourage and inspire you.
    * Over 500 Bible verses of promise, revealing God’s comfort and saving grace for every situation.
    *The Men of Color Study Bible contains reference materials written by, for and about Men of Color. A team of over 100 Christian leaders contributed to the landmark project.

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  • Black Conservative An American Hero


    Can a powerful piece of fiction undo the negative stereotyping cast on a group of individuals and make them noble and heroic? In this riveting and explosive novel, the author is betting it will. For years, the black left has cast politically conservative African-Americans as insensitive traitors to the Civil Rights Movement. They are seen as unhinged thinkers who dare to question liberal conventional wisdom concerning black matters and issues. They are often depicted as “Uncle Toms” and whites in dark skin who actually want blacks to be passive porters, shoe-shiners and doormats in a white society.

    The Black Conservative: An American Hero not only challenges these stereotypes, it does it by way of an engaging thriller filled with fascinating characters. The entire effect is meant to give black conservatives a human element, an insight into their thinking, and a culmination of a renewed and invigorating image of them.

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  • Rethinking Celebration : From Rhetoric To Praise In African American Preach


    “This book is a clarion call for African American preachers to think more deeply about the aims and ends of their preaching-namely to stop putting so much emphasis on celebratory endings to our sermons and focus more on the substantive content in our sermons. Our so-called celebratory preaching, designed to excite the congregation into action through a highly emotional closing of the sermon, has had the opposite effect. Rather than inducing action, it has lulled generations of black congregants to sleep. While we are jumping up and down, shouting, and waving our hands in the air every Sunday during the worship hour, we seem not to notice the growing number of churched and unchurched alike who are becoming powerfully alienated from any form of institutional religion.”
    -from the introduction

    “Celebration” is a term that has long been used to describe African American preaching, characterized by content that affirms the goodness and powerful intervention of God as well as style that builds from quiet beginnings to an emotionally rich crescendo in conclusion. Cleophus J. LaRue argues that while celebration is one of African American preaching’s greatest gifts to the larger church, too many black preachers have become content with the form of celebration-volume, vocabulary, pitch, speed, rhythm, and the like-to the neglect of its essence-the proclamation of the mighty acts of God in the lives of their congregations and communities. This kind of preaching, LaRue contends, fails to address the ongoing problems of the African American community and is powerless to prevent the growing disaffection of black America with the black church. In words both prophetic and practical, LaRue suggests ways to improve black preaching that honor both the form and the power of the African American homiletical practice of celebration. Preachers will learn how to use celebration more selectively and as part of a fully formed preaching practice rather than as a means of distracting the congregation from pressing social and theological questions. The book includes six illustrative sermons from LaRue as well as Paschal Sampson Wilkinson Sr., Brian K. Blount, and Claudette Anderson Copeland.

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  • Enduring Truth


    Enduring Truth argues that faithfulness to Scripture is the solution to a “crisis” among African American preaching. Though misinterpreting God’s Word is not restricted to one race or culture, author Aaron Lavender identifies three factors that have precipitated the decline of black preaching specifically: racial segregation, black liberation theology, and prosperity theology. The book’s first chapter recounts the history of the crisis, noting how discrimination in theological education led black ministers to liberal colleges and seminaries that prophetically confronted Jim Crow but taught the social gospel and other forms of theological error. Such schools ultimately were harmful to the spiritual health of black churches. Subsequent chapters discuss the role of biblical exegesis in preaching, develop a theology of preaching, and suggest preaching methods for the postmodern world. Every biblical text has one meaning, according to Lavender. The preacher’s job is to determine and communicate that meaning, then show its relevance in the cultural context of his hearers. Proof-texting and relativism, Lavender writes, are two great enemies of biblical preaching. While focused on the African American context, this volume addresses topics relevant to all preachers. Enduring Truth is suited both for ministry practitioners and preaching courses. It will help readers elevate the Word of God over the worldly allures of any ministry setting.

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  • Rebirth Of African Orthodoxy


    Classic African Christian teaching in the patristic period (100-750 AD) preceded modern colonialism by over a thousand years. Many young African women and men are now reexamining these lost roots. They are hungry for accurate information on their brilliant Christian ancestors. Now we have accessible an abundance of powerful primary texts from early Africa as biblical passages were viewed by Cyprian, Origen, Tertullian, and Clement, as well as the leading Patriarchs Dionysius, Peter, Alexander, Athanasius, and Augustine-all Africans, born on African soil. Together they form a huge collection of profound reflections and homilies on scripture. Virtually every verse of scripture has been examined by Africans writing earlier than AD 750. The observations, debates, musings, and deliberations of early African Christian minds may now be examined through the whole range of scripture and taught to a newly receptive African audience. The high intellectual quality of these African writers is evident. African orthodoxy is not different in basic Christian teaching from global orthodoxy, but it is significantly rooted in and shaped out of home-grown African experience. African orthodoxy today is the same faith that was confessed by Athanasius and Augustine seventeen centuries ago.

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  • Poignant Journey : The Sequel To Destiny


    Josh Adam Johnson was like any other high school senior with big dreams. He wanted to attend the prestigious Wharton School of Business, followed by Harvard Law School, and eventually enter his father’s successful law business.

    The year was 1986, and Josh was making his dreams a reality. Times and attitudes had changed in the years since Josh was born in 1969, particularly for the Civil Rights Movement. But for all the ways times had changed, they were frighteningly similar, especially in the Highlands, where bigotry was alive, and where acts of cruelty against African Americans like Josh were all too common.

    This is the story of a young man fighting for his future while struggling with the realities of life and a society in which racism still lingered.

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  • Genesis Of Liberation


    Considering that the Bible was used to justify and perpetuate African American enslavement, why would it be given such authority? In this fascinating volume, Powery and Sadler explore how the Bible became a source of liberation for enslaved African Americans by analyzing its function in pre-Civil War freedom narratives. They explain the various ways in which enslaved African Americans interpreted the Bible and used it as a source for hope, empowerment, and literacy. The authors show that through their own engagement with the biblical text, enslaved African Americans found a liberating word. The Genesis of Liberation recovers the early history of black biblical interpretation and will help to expand understandings of African American hermeneutics.

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  • African American Theology


    This book presents a substantial introduction to the major methodologies, figures, and themes within African American theology. Frederick L. Ware explores African American theology from its inception and places it within dual contexts: first, the African American struggle for dignity and full humanity; and second, the broader scope of Christian belief. Readers will appreciate Ware’s demonstration of how black theology is expressed in a wide range of sources that includes not only scholarly publications but also African American sermons, music, news and editorials, biography, literature, popular periodicals, folklore, and philosophy. Each chapter concludes with questions for discussion and suggested resources for further study. Ware provides a seasoned perspective on where African American theology has been and where it is going, and he demonstrates its creativity within the chorus of Christian theology.

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  • Please Stop Helping Us


    Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries?

    In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist. And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws, which make black neighborhoods more dangerous, to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend.

    In theory these efforts are intended to help the poor-and poor minorities in particular. In practice they become massive barriers to moving forward.

    Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results. People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement, but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren’t working. Acknowledging this is an important first step.

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  • Marching Through The Flame


    Author Chief Henry E. Allen’s experiences from the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement to the horror of the Vietnam War are recounted with a searing simplicity that gives the truth of each event its own booming voice. Filled with unbelievable moments of survival and serendipity, “Marching Through the Flame: The Children of Selma Marched Through the Flame and Did Not Burn” will captivate the reader long after the last page has been read. Following the young Allen through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood in the rapidly changing world around him is like stepping into American history in a way you never have before.

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  • African American Theological Ethics


    This volume in the Library of Theological Ethics series draws on writings from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries to explore the intersection of black experience and Christian faith throughout the history of the United States. The first sections follow the many dimensions of the African American struggle with racism in this country: struggles against theories of white supremacy, against chattel slavery, and against racial segregation and discrimination. The latter sections turn to the black Christian vision of human flourishing, drawing on perspectives from the arts, religion, philosophy, ethics, and theology. It introduces students to major voices from African American Christianity, including Frederick Douglass, Richard Allen, W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Barbara Jordan, James H. Cone, and Jacqueline Grant. This is the essential resource for anyone who wishes to understand the role that Christian faith has played in the African American struggle for a more just society.

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  • Towards The Other America


    ?Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people. In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists,” Chris Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter. Crass has collected lessons and vibrant examples of this work from rural working class communities in Kentucky and Maine, mass direct action in Wisconsin and New York, faith-based efforts among Jewish communities, Unitarian Universalists, and the United Church of Christ, and national efforts like Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Jewish Voice for Peace.

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  • Stewardship In African American Churches


    Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm offers practical ideas to help church leaders lead in stewardship effectively. Based on both scripture and tradition, Melvin Amerson draws upon his experience as a stewardship consultant to help churches accomplish the following: Develop a theology of generosity Define stewardship leadership roles Celebrate the offering each week Establish endowment giving

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  • Crossover Preaching : Intercultural Improvisational Homiletics In Conversat


    Introduction: “Time Is Filled With Swift Transition”
    1. Gardner C. Taylor: Case Study In Crossover Preaching
    2. Turning Ink To Blood: Performative Improvisation
    3. Rooted, But Not Restricted: Metaphorical Improvisation
    4. Transgressing The Divides: Intercultural Competence
    5. Putting Flesh To Bones: Homiletical Strategies
    Conclusion: Crossing La Frontera (the Border)
    Author Index
    Subject Index

    Additional Info
    As society becomes more culturally diverse and globally connected, churches and seminaries are rapidly changing. And as the church changes, preaching must change too.

    Crossover Preaching proposes a way forward through conversation with the “dean of the nation’s black preachers,” Gardner C. Taylor, senior pastor emeritus of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. In this richly interdisciplinary study, Jared E. Alcantara argues that an analysis of Taylor’s preaching reveals an improvisational-intercultural approach that recovers his contemporary significance and equips U. S. churches and seminary classrooms for the future.

    Alcantara argues that preachers and homileticians need to develop intercultural and improvisational proficiencies to reach an increasingly intercultural church. Crossover Preaching equips them with concrete practices designed to help them cultivate these competencies and thus communicate effectively in a changing world.

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  • Introduction To Womanist Biblical Interpretation


    An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation provides a much-needed introduction to womanist approaches to biblical interpretation. It argues that womanist biblical interpretation is not simply a byproduct of feminist biblical interpretation but part of a distinctive tradition of African American women’s engagement with biblical texts. While womanist biblical interpretation is relatively new in the development of academic biblical studies, African American women are not newcomers to biblical interpretation.

    Written in an accessible style, this volume highlights the importance of both the Bible and race in the development of feminism and the emergence of womanism. It provides a history of feminist biblical interpretation and discusses the current state of womanist biblical interpretation as well as critical issues related to its development and future. Although some African American women identify themselves as “womanists,” the term, its usage, its features, and its connection to feminism remain widely misunderstood. This excellent textbook is perfect for helping to introduce readers to the development and applications of womanist biblical interpretation.

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  • Autobiography Of A Black Man


    Autobiography of a Black Man: Run Charlie Run! Run Ed Run! by Herbert J. Dixon is a remarkable story that began with two black brothers who killed a white man in Georgia. They escaped to Missouri, changing their names and leaving family behind. When the law closed in on them, they fled to California, where they lived out their lives.

    As the third generation in line from the brothers, the author based this book on stories told by his grandparents-life stories of a poor family. He also describes his own life from his childhood to adulthood-from the fields to the US Navy. He refers to this work as a black man’s Grapes of Wrath…and Charlie and Ed started it all!

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  • Negro Project : Margaret Sangers Diabolical Duplicitous Dangerous Disastrou


    Bruce Fleury’s “The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous, and Deadly Plan for Black America” is an in-depth and engrossing cautionary tale written by the author to serve as a warning to all Americans not to forget their history, and perform their due diligence in order to be able to see the not-so-obvious objectives behind the deeds of others. This work surrounds the author’s realization of the harm Margaret Sanger and others like her brought upon the black community in the name of “women’s health” through her organization, Planned Parenthood.

    He sees the black population as being in mortal danger of extinction if Americans don’t wake up and fight the battle against abortion. Mr. Fleury raises some very compelling points in his expose and has provided a great amount of research to support his findings. The reader will most certainly learn a historical lesson that was never taught in school.

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  • Christ And Caribbean Cultures


    This book focuses on the Caribbean church in its attempt to unravel the significance of the Christ-Event in the Caribbean context. The Challenges for the Catholic Christian in the New Millennium (Part I) articulates the major concerns of the Caribbean church under three main themes, namely, relevance, authenticity, and evangelization. These are presented as the evangelical posture needed for the contemporary period. Christ and Ethnicity in the Caribbean (Part II) attempts, through the use of the notion of the incarnation, to unravel the concept of Christ as Saviour in the Caribbean context. It attempts to show that genuine Caribbean theology is a reflection on the Christ-Event in the lives of its people. It is geared toward helping Caribbean Christians develop a greater sense of self-worth. It purports that Christology must be related to the identity of a people if it is to engender effective pastoral action. Toward a Caribbean Christian Civilization (Part III) gives a comprehensive view of the Caribbean reality in which Christianity is lived. It takes into account the influence of the history of the region, the effects of colonialism, the evolution of its culture(s), its ethnic composition and the dispositions that surrounded it, the challenge of traditional religious elements, and the moral question in its varied dimensions. Finally, it presents some suggestions on what a Caribbean Christian civilization should look like if it is to carry out the mandate of Christ. A Theological Reflection on “Bamboo Bursting” in the Caribbean serves as a postscript. It unravels the meaning of this pre-Christmas pastime in some of the territories of the Caribbean. Short though it may be, the collection provides a fair understanding of the Caribbean church’s experience and its responsibility to be a leaven in the midst of God’s people in its particular context.

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  • Colors Come From God Just Like Me


    Follow a young African-American girl as she discovers God’s Creation and delights in its many colors. Through her adventures she realizes that she is also an amazing creation of God as she affirms “God made me a beautiful brown!”

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  • Shock And Awe


    The latter half of the 20th century was a turbulent time for race relations in the United States. In the public sphere, protests, riots, and violence were not uncommon when tensions reached their peak. But in the United States Army, a more peaceful transition took place as highly trained, highly intelligent African American officers rose through the ranks in a de-segregated military. Some of the names, like General Colin Powell, are familiar to the general public, but many more are not. Dr. Jimmie Jones, himself a retired African American officer of the United States Army, presents here a comprehensive look at the evolving role of black officers in the army over the last several decades. The story he tells is one part history and one part charming narrative as he recounts his journeys around the country as an officer moving up in the ranks and as an avid interviewer taking every opportunity possible to meet with the trailblazing men and women who broke barriers to become the first African American general officers in the army.

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  • Bridge Builders Of Natuck Green Valley


    Arlington County, Virginia’s oldest African American community, the Nauck community, which dates back to 1844, is rich in history and abundant with bridge builders, both past and present, who have made local and national contributions while fighting for their right to experience a good quality of life. Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley: Past and Present is a compilation of the stories, interviews, and biographies of these extraordinary African Americans who pursued and found success, despite the laws at the time that limited their access to everything from home loans to education. The perseverance of the pioneers of Nauck is alive through their accomplishments, triumphs, and achievements. Whether in their own words, the words of their loved ones, or through history books, Taylor’s labor of love seeks to memorialize the important work these African Americans have achieved and the legacy they leave for future generations. Said Taylor, “Ordinary Nauck/Green Valley residents surviving Jim Crow Laws, lacking financial backing, becoming economically independent, educating themselves and their children, fighting for freedom, and remembering from whence they came should be an inspiration to all to celebrate and continue sharing future, ordinary resident’s accomplishments.”

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  • Battlefields In The World And In Christendom


    Battlefields in the World and in Christendom is a mesmerizing work, incorporating real life events spanning the author’s rebellious youth through his journey to adulthood and becoming a teacher, counselor, and pastor whose belief in Salvation drives his life. All of the incidents, episodes, and events here are true.

    Rev. George W. Battle grew up in a basement apartment with his father (superintendent of the building), mother, and sister, two years his senior. By the age of three, he demanded to be allowed to go to school and hounded his mother until she convinced the principal to let him attend, with the stipulation he would have to spend two years in kindergarten.

    From his very first day, George experienced bullying and racism as an Afro-American, making him strong and able to stand up for himself, no matter what the issue. We follow his struggles through school, the service, and into his adult life. At times, he was the one being unfairly treated. At other times, the chip on his shoulder seemed quite heavy, causing him to become the antagonist, which surfaced during his early days of employment and his stint in the service, where he seemed to have a problem with authority figures.

    A surprising transition occurs when George goes on to college, becoming a teacher, a counselor, and a pastor. The entertaining anecdotes lend growth and fullness to his character, and show a dedication and love of family acquired through God’s guidance.

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  • Reflect Reclaim Rejoice Study Guide


    This small-group study serves as a companion resource for the 2015 Emmy-winning DVD, Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music. Four centuries ago, Blacks enslaved in America created a music form that gave solace even during the most inhumane conditions. Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music traces the music’s history and invites readers to see and experience the ways it is being kept alive.

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  • Precious Memories Of Missionaries Of Color 2


    Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, Vol. 2 profiles ninety-five black Seventh-day Adventist missionaries from 1892 to 2014 and is a follow up to Carol Hammond’s book Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, which was published in 2008 and featured the profiles of forty-nine families. Author DeWitt S. Williams desired to feature the stories of those not included in the first book, so he compiled a list of all those who had served as missionaries through the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, researched their stories, and wrote about their triumphs, struggles, and everyday experiences in this volume.

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  • Faiths Final Chance


    The life that common people experience, though they may be ordinary, as that is how we measure such things, is already hard enough. But add to the equation a century of slavery and the psyche of those who experienced it, passed down to their descendents, is sure to be a fertile ground for the devil to play in. It is a tragic story that wound its way into the lives of ordinary African-Americans in modern-day America. Yet one woman would show to her brethren and fellow citizens that it is never too late, that within the heartaches and misfortunes that ensue in the everyday life on the streets, God is there, watching, waiting for us to acknowledge and allow him to walk with us through the course of our struggles in life and into triumph.

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  • Forward Together : A Moral Message For The Nation


    14 Chapters

    Additional Info
    In 2013, after seven years of grassroots organizing, “Moral Mondays” grabbed the nation’s attention as thousands protested North Carolina’s General Assembly in Raleigh in support of the poor, voting rights, health care, immigrant rights, and other issues. Over 13 consecutive weeks, the protests against legislative extremism resulted in the arrests of nearly 1,000 people, making it one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in U.S. history. As thousands more gathered in support each Monday, Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, became widely recognized as the leader of a new civil rights movement in the South. More than 100 “Forward Together-Moral Monday” connected events have since taken place, and the spirit of the movement has spread to Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and New York.

    This reflection on the movement’s beginnings introduces Barber, the sources of his courage from both a biblical imagination for justice and a deep connection to “fusion” civil rights history, and the inspiring story of the Southern freedom movement’s revival. Barber invites readers into a big-tent, faith-based movement for justice that has room for black, white, and brown, gay and straight, rich and poor, old and young, Republicans and Democrats, people from all walks of life. Offering his unique analysis of what he has called the “Third Reconstruction,” Barber locates North Carolina’s struggle in the spiritual and political landscape of 21st-century America. With civil rights and social justice battles with a deep moral narrative, particularly in southern statehouses that then move to federal courts on appeal, what happens in North Carolina can shift the center of gravity in political discourse, debate, and decision-and thereby change the nation.

    “Messages of moral dissent are designed not to just be spoken and heard but to shape the prophetic consciousness of a movement and of society,” says Barber. “The prophetic voice rises when government systems and sometimes even religious systems have abdicated their responsibility to the least of these. When the forces of extremism have become so overwhelming and have depressed the hope of the people, the prophetic voice and mission is to connect words and actions in ways that build restorative hope so that there can be a movement for restorative justice. So this book is an attempt to capture the practice of ‘preaching’ in the public square, which is where pr

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  • Breaking Bread Breaking Beats


    Getting Started
    1. Moments In The History Of Black Churches And Hip-Hop
    2. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And The Body
    3. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, Race, And Ethnicity
    4. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Poverty
    5. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Gender
    6. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Sexuality
    7. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Ethics
    8. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Globalization
    9. A Relationship Between Black Churches And Hip-Hop?
    10. The Cipher
    The CERCL Writing Collective Members
    Selected Bibliography

    Additional Info
    What is hip-hop, and how does it impact the Black Church? How does the Black Church integrate hip-hop? How do black churches think about hip-hop? How do these different, yet deeply interrelated communities think about the key topics of modern life-be it gender, sex, race, or globalization?

    These questions and more are the concern of the CERCL Writing Collective, under the mentorship of Anthony Pinn. In this innovative project, ten individuals write as one voice to illuminate the ways that hip-hop and the Black Church agree, disagree, and inform each other on key topics.

    This book grows out of the popular religion and Hip-Hop course, soon to be offered as an open enrollment online course, at Rice University by Anthony B. Pinn and Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman. Like the course, the book offers engaging insights into one of today’s most important musical genres and reflects on its broad cultural impact.

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  • 2012 The Ending Of The Willie Lynch Letter


    “I wrote this piece to enlighten the minds of people in the world, especially blacks/African-Americans, about the negative psychological effects of the Willie Lynch Letter. This malicious labyrinth has impacted many lives, causing ignorance, broken homes, disrespectfulness, and poor health throughout the nation. I’m concentrating more on aiding blacks/African-Americans because this ethnic group statistically leads America in negative aspects of life, such as heart disease, poverty, broken homes, incarcerations, lack of education, etc.-and the fact that this system was directed toward African-Americans. Although all cultures and nationalities suffer from such downfalls because of such a melting pot society we live in, any man, woman, or child is capable of falling victim to Lynch’s negative behavioral application. Mankind, as a whole, needs an improvement.” About the Author Le Brown a.k.a. “Phenomenal Le” was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. He currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  • Mary Had A Baby


    In this 2014 revised edition, Mary Had a Baby has four sessions, one for each week of Advent, and is perfect for small groups, Sunday School, mid-week sessions, and choir workshops. Each lesson utilizes Scripture, song lyrics, devotional and contextual information, and discussion questions to stimulate deepening faith and a sense of community. The four spirituals featured are “Mary Had a Baby,” “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow,” “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”

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  • Child Shall Lead Them


    1. Montgomery: Just To See Empty Bus, After Empty Bus Go By
    2. Sitting-in And Riding For Freedom
    3. Birmingham And The Children’s Crusade
    4. Mississippi: Made To Disappear
    5. Selma: What We Talk About Has Also To Do With The Children
    6. Who Will Carry The Freedom Struggle Forward?

    Additional Info
    Half a century after some of its most important moments, the assessment of the Civil Rights Era continues. In this exciting volume, Dr. Rufus Burrow turns his attention to a less investigated but critically important byway in this powerful story-the role of children and young people in the Civil Rights Movement.

    What role did young people play, and how did they support the efforts of their elders? What did they see-and what did they do?-that their elders were unable to envision? How did children play their part in the liberation of their people?

    In this project, Burrow reveals the surprising power of youth to change the world.

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