African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton C. Sernett

By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded choice of amazing records bargains a view of African American spiritual background from Africa and early the US via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of this day. The documents—many of them infrequent, out-of-print, or tricky to find—include own narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic money owed, and theological statements. during this quantity Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo faith. Lemuel Haynes provides a black Puritan’s farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee turns into a feminine preacher one of the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches one of the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs stories at the paintings of Baptist ladies. African Methodist bishops planned at the nice Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal adventure. Mahalia Jackson recollects the glory of making a song on the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
initially released in 1985, this accelerated moment variation contains new resources on ladies, African missions, and the good Migration. Milton C. Sernett presents a basic advent in addition to ancient context and remark for every document.

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Wegelin, Oscar. Jupiter Hammon-American Negro Poet; Selections from His Writings and a Bibliography. New York: Heartman, 1915. -43- GEORGE LIELE AND ANDREW BRYAN Letters from Pioneer Black Baptists Independent black congregations arose in the South during the Revolutionary era in the wake of a general religious awakening and under the egalitarian spirituality espoused by dissenting white Baptists. The following letters report on the activities of pioneering African American Baptist clergy who were anxious to share with fellow blacks "God's precious dealings" with their souls.

I keep a constant Correspondence of visiting & friendship with our Justices of the Peace that are Worthy Psons and of very edifying life, and we all endeavour to keep our Neighbours at peace without the trouble of going to Law but to the last extremity; but when people will be Stubborn and unreasonable, we cannot hinder them. I shou'd say something of Propagating the Xtian Knowledge: We want a Schoolmaster in my parish for our White peoples Children but as for the Negroes or Indians with all submission I wou'd desire that such a thing shou'd be taken into Consideration as the importance of the matter and the Consequences wch.

Since the 20th Octr. 1709. I baptised 19. among whom 3 Negroe Men; the Constant Number of Communicants 30. or 36, among whom 4 Negroe Men; all the Communicants together are still about 50. because some went to live in other places; Marriages 3; Buryals 2 Children; the Number of Our Negroe Slaves may be near 500. but above 1/3 part of ' em are Children. Since it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with health I have upon Sundays, after our Divine Service invited the Negroes & Indian Slaves to stay for half an hour, the Invitation to my great Comfort has been joyfully reced by about 50 of' em; We begin and end Our particular Assembly with the Collect prevent us 0 Lord &c.

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