African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

by Johnny E. Williams, Russ Cheatham
     
 

Focusing on the state of Arkansas as typical in the role of ecclesiastical activism, Johnny E. Williams argues that black religion from the period of slavery through the era of segregation provided theological resources that motivated and sustained preachers and parishioners battling racial oppression.

Drawing on interviews, speeches, case studies, literature,

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Focusing on the state of Arkansas as typical in the role of ecclesiastical activism, Johnny E. Williams argues that black religion from the period of slavery through the era of segregation provided theological resources that motivated and sustained preachers and parishioners battling racial oppression.

Drawing on interviews, speeches, case studies, literature, sociological surveys, and other sources, Williams explains how the ideology of the black church roused disparate individuals into a community and how the church established a base for many diverse participants in the civil rights movement.

He shows how church life and ecumenical education helped to sustain the protest of people with few resources and little permanent power. Williams argues that the church helped galvanize political action by bringing people together and creating social bonds even when societal conditions made action difficult and often dangerous. The church supplied its members with meanings, beliefs, relationships, and practices that served as resources to create a religious protest message of hope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578065455
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
07/16/2003
Series:
Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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