Mighty like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform / Edition 1

Mighty like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform / Edition 1

by Andrew Billingsley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195161793

ISBN-13: 9780195161793

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Throughout the history of the African American people there has been no stronger resource for overcoming adversity than the black church. From its role in leading a group of free Blacks to form a colony in Sierra Leone in the 1790s to helping ex-slaves after the Civil War, and from playing major roles in the Civil Rights Movement to offering community outreach

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Throughout the history of the African American people there has been no stronger resource for overcoming adversity than the black church. From its role in leading a group of free Blacks to form a colony in Sierra Leone in the 1790s to helping ex-slaves after the Civil War, and from playing major roles in the Civil Rights Movement to offering community outreach programs in American cities today, black churches have been the focal point of social change in their communities. Based on extensive research over several years, Mighty Like a River is the first comprehensive account of how black churches have helped shape American society.
An expert in African American culture, Andrew Billingsley surveys nearly a thousand black churches across the country, including its oldest, the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. These black churches, whose roots extend back to antebellum times, have periodically confronted social, economic, and political problems facing the African American community. Mighty Like a River addresses such questions as: How widespread and effective is the community activity of black churches? What are the patterns of activities being undertaken today? How do activist churches confront such problems as family instability, youth development, AIDS and other health issues, and care for the elderly?
With profiles of the remarkable black heroes and heroines who helped create the activist church, and a compelling agenda for expanding the black church's role in society at large, Mighty Like a River is an inspirational, visionary, and definitive account of the subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195161793
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IEvolution of the Black Church as Agent of Social Reform
1The Storm Is Passing Over: The Black Church in Perspective3
2If Tombstones Could Talk: The Evolution of the Black Church in Savannah13
3General Sherman and the Black Church22
4The Crisis of Emancipation and Reconstruction in Savannah35
5Rev. Ralph Mark Gilbert and the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah53
6First African Baptist Church, Richmond: Seedbed of Social Reform62
Pt. IIThe Contemporary Black Church Reaches out to the Community
7New-Time Religion87
8The Black Church and the Male Youth Crisis102
9The Black Church Confronts the HIV/AIDS Crisis110
10A Tale of Two Cities: Black Churches in Denver and Atlanta119
11Often Seen, Seldom Called: The Legacy of Jerena Lee132
12Twelve Gates to the City144
13Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian170
14One More River to Cross: The Black Church Faces the Future185
App. AProject Advisory Committee Members195
App. BStudying Contemporary Black Churches198
App. CTables207
Notes227
References245
Index251

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