One Way Passage, Part 4; An Arena of Political Life; Reconstruction and Retaliation, Part 12 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #43)
Our Scripture verse for today is Romans 5:10 which reads: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."
Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, "Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens." He continues discussing statements which are frequently heard in the black church which he calls “innocent but dangerous.”
Our first topic for today is titled "One Way Passage, Part 4" from the book, "From Slavery to Freedom" by John Hope Franklin.
It is more difficult to measure the effect of the slave trade on African life than it is to estimate the number of persons removed. The expatriation of millions of Africans in less than four centuries constitutes one of the most far-reaching and drastic social revolutions in the annals of history. It is to be remembered that traders would have none but the best available natives. They demanded the healthiest, the largest, the youngest, the ablest, and the most culturally advanced.
Our second topic for today is "The Negro Church: A Nation Within a Nation, Part 12" from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier.
--- An Arena of Political Life
It was inevitable that preachers who had played such an important role in the organized social life of Negroes should become political leaders during the Reconstruction period when the Negro enjoyed civil rights. The career of Bishop Henry M. Turner of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will enable us to see how these leaders in the religious life of Negroes became, after Emancipation, leaders in politics. He was born in South Carolina of free ancestry in 1834.
Our third and final topic for today is from "The Black Church in the U.S.: Its Origin, Growth, Contributions, and Outlook" by Dr. William A. Banks.
Today we are looking at part 12 of Chapter 4: "Reconstruction and Retaliation -- 1866 to 1914"
--- One writer described the post-Civil War black family life as follows: “The plague-spot in sexual relations is easy marriage and easy separation. This is no sudden development, nor the fruit of Emancipation. It is the plain heritage from slavery, In those days, Sam, with his master's consent, ‘took up’ with Mary. No ceremony was necessary, and in the busy life of the great plantations of the Black Belt it was usually dispensed with.
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