Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979

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Hear the original voices of the Daughters of Thunder, African American women preachers who helped change history in their fight for social justice for women and Blacks.In this historic collection of never-before-published sermons by African American women preachers, Bettye Collier-Thomas gives voice to the long-ignored founding mothers of the African American church. Daughters of Thunder brings together thirty-eight sermons by African American women, some ordained, some not, illuminating the historic struggles of...

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Overview

Hear the original voices of the Daughters of Thunder, African American women preachers who helped change history in their fight for social justice for women and Blacks.In this historic collection of never-before-published sermons by African American women preachers, Bettye Collier-Thomas gives voice to the long-ignored founding mothers of the African American church. Daughters of Thunder brings together thirty-eight sermons by African American women, some ordained, some not, illuminating the historic struggles of these women as they fought not only for basic civil rights, but for a voice in their own churches.

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A collection of 38 previously unpublished sermons by 14 black women preachers, accompanied by contextual analysis by a scholar of African-American history. Chapters on individual women give historical and biographical information that places then in the context of their times. Their sermons address themes of racial and gender discrimination in the church and society and theological issues. Includes b&w photos. For scholars of African American history and American feminism, and for general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787909185
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Religion in Practice Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,400,197
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

BETTYE COLLIER-THOMAS is associate professor of history and director of the Temple University Center for African American History and Culture. She is the founding executive director of the Bethune Museum-Archives, Inc., the first institution in the United States to focus on the documentation and preservation of African American women's history. Collier-Thomas's research focuses on African American women, popular culture, and religion.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Power of Black Women Preachers Textual Note Rising Above Adversity: The Struggle to Preach.

PURSUING A MINISTRY ORDAINED BY GOD, 1850-1900.

Women Who Paved the Way.

Julia A. J. Foote: A 'Threshing' Sermon (1851) Christian Perfection (1894).

Harriet A. BakerBehold: The Man (ca 1874-1892) Jesus Weeping over Jerusalem (ca 1874-1892).

Mary J. Small: Zion's Mission Work (1898).

CLAIMING THE POWER OF THE PULPIT, 1900-1979.

Florence Spearing Randolph: Hope (1898 and 1945) The FriAnds of Wickedness (1909) Antipathy to Women Preachers (ca. 1930) If I Were White (1941) Christian Perfection (1926) Conversion (1931) Woman, the Builder of Her House (1909) Looking Backward and Forward (1943) Leaning the Wrong Way (1934).

Mary G. Evans: The Wages of Sin Is Death (1922).

Ella Eugene Whitfield: Salvation Is a Discovery Found in Jesus Christ (1926) Making a Home a Safe Place for All That Enter Its Doors (1926).

Ruth R. Dennis: What Are We Going to Do with the Children? (1927) Thousands Losing Faith in the Church (1927).

Mrs. Raiff: Get the Right Ticket (1927).

Rosa A. Horn: Was a Woman Called to Preach? Yes! (ca. 1930s) Is Jesus God the Father or Is He the Son of God? (ca. 1931) What Is Holiness? A Complete Life in Christ (ca. 1930s).

Ida B. Robinson: Who Shall Be Able to Stand? (1934) Can These Bones Live? (1934) The Economic Persecution (1935) And a Little Child Shall Lead Them (1935).

Rosa Edwards: Ministers Are Examples (1935).

Quinceila Whitlow: The Woman in the Ministry of Jesus Christ (1940).

F. E. Redwine: What Woman Is (1948).

Pauli Murray: Male and Female He Created Them (1978) Women Seeking Admission to Holy OrdersCAs Crucifers Carrying the Cross (1974) Mary Has Chosen the Best Part (1977) The Holy Spirit (1977) The Gift of the Holy Spirit (1977) The Dilemma of the Minority Christian (1974) Salvation and Liberation (1979) Can These Bones Live Again (1978).

Epilogue: Forging Ahead Toward Equality.

Notes.

Selected Bibliography.

Thematic Index of Sermons.

Index.

Epilogue: Forging Ahead Toward Equality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Sister Power

    The African woman¿s American experience was born with the Atlantic slave trade. Bartered for cheap trinkets or outright stolen they were viewed as disposable commodities in the world of commerce. Their American experience effectively disintegrated their concepts of reality and rendered all chaotic. To survive in the Americas it was necessary to re-examine, re-construct and or replace their sacred cosmos which had given order and purpose to their lives. The Christianity that became their own allowed them identity and redefinition. It was this faith of compassion born of the experience of suffering that sustained and nurtured their souls. The response to the power of the Gospel was the ignition of a fire to preach. Historically, Black men who preached filled a role that was, at least a traditional male one, but Black women preachers experienced cultural conflict within their own black society. Mothers, wives, and bearers of the word, African-American women faced a hostile pulpit. Initially, their call to preach the gospel was not recognized by the churches they served. Bettye Collier-Thomas presents in her work, Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850 ¿ 1979, a remarkable account of both the historical/biographical struggles and the contextual content of the work of fourteen African-American women called to preach the gospel. These women address the social and theological concerns of a people mired in the degradation of racial and gender inequality. They exhort their listeners to hear the social gospel inherent in the good news. Many of the sermons concern themselves with the welfare of children, of the role of strong families in the community of faith and the role of women in the church. These sermons are timeless in their appeal to building a stronger community of faith. My only concern is that Collier-Thomas while giving an excellent overview of the history of African-American women and the call to preach and wonderful biographies of Black women preachers beginning in 1850 has no entries for the years of 1949 ¿ 1978. Given the crucial years of the civil rights struggle in America I would liked to have heard contemporaneous voices from that time frame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2001

    God fearing women

    i'm buying my second book and will give one to my sisters in christ. the author is dynamic in her presentation of the uphill battle by these women to do God's will. i intend to reread this book from cover to cover. recommended for everyone saved and unsaved, preacher or no.

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