The Black Churches of Brooklyn / Edition 1

The Black Churches of Brooklyn / Edition 1

by Clarence Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231099819

ISBN-13: 9780231099813

Pub. Date: 03/07/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The black church has always played a vital role in urban black communities. In this comprehensive and insightful history, Clarence Taylor examines the impact of this critical institution on city life and its efforts to provide support and leadership for urban African-American communities. Using Brooklyn as a national example, Taylor begins with the history of mainline…  See more details below

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The black church has always played a vital role in urban black communities. In this comprehensive and insightful history, Clarence Taylor examines the impact of this critical institution on city life and its efforts to provide support and leadership for urban African-American communities. Using Brooklyn as a national example, Taylor begins with the history of mainline (Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Methodist) churches of the nineteenth century, which modified the practices of "white" churches to meet the needs of their growing congregations. These churches brought culture to their members as a mode of resistance by establishing church auxiliaries and clubs such as art and literary societies, traditionally reserved for white churches. In addition, they endorsed the education of the clergy, thereby demonstrating to American society at large that African Americans possessed the sophistication and the means to pursue and to promote culture. More exuberant and less formal than the "elite" churches, Holiness-Pentecostal churches formed the next group to influence community life in Brooklyn. By providing a stable space in which people could network, organize church and community groups, and simply socialize, they offered a myriad of activities and programs for entertainment as well as moral uplift. In short, despite the existence of firm denominational lines, the church as an institution actively answered the educational, religious, and social needs of African Americans while remaining fully involved in the general cultural and political events that affected all Americans. On a more controversial note, the book charts the successes and failures of prominent ministers, who led Brooklyn communities through McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, Johnson's War on Poverty, and the ghettoization of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the largest African-American community in the borough. With an eye on the future, Taylor analyzes the black clergy's response to the problems endemic

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231099813
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/07/1996
Series:
Columbia History of Urban Life Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Selected List of Churches
Introduction
1The Formation and Development of Brooklyn's Black Churches from the Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries1
2The Rise of Black Holiness-Pentecostal Culture in Brooklyn35
3Brooklyn's Black Churches and the Growth of Mass Culture67
4The Failure to Make Things Better: Brooklyn's Black Ministers and the Deterioration of Bedford-Stuyvesant99
5The Ministers' Committee for Job Opportunities for Brooklyn and the Downstate Medical Center Campaign137
6Driven by the Spirit: African American Women and the Black Churches of Brooklyn165
Conclusion: Continuing the Legacy189
Notes239
Bibliography273
Index279

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