It has been more than forty years since Martin Luther King Jr. shouted those words to a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. His speech, "I Have a Dream," is now familiar, even famous. But has his dream been realized?
In Free at Last? Carl Ellis offers an in-depth assessment of the state of African-American freedom and dignity within American culture today. Updating and expanding his examination (previously published as Beyond Liberation) for a new generation of readers, Ellis stresses how important it is for African-Americans to know who they are and where they have been. So he begins by tracing the growth of Black consciousness from the days of slavery to the present, noting especially the contributions of King and Malcolm X. He also pays particular attention to traces of a "theological soul dynamic," an authentic manifestation of Christianity in Black culture, which runs through American history. It is this dynamic faith, says Ellis, that promises true freedom--the realization of King's dream--for African-Americans today.
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About the Author
Carl F. Ellis (M.A., Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Project Joseph, a ministry dedicated to equipping the church for today's challenges.
Table of Contents
1. Toward a Promised LandPart I: A Primer
2. Picking Up the Pieces
3. "Oh, Freedom!"Part II: "Reflecting Back"
4. Soul Dynamic
5. A Formative Phase
6. Two Streams
7. "De Lawd"
8. "A Shining Prince"
9. A Great LegacyPart III: Roots and Fruits of Consciousness
10. A Little "White" Lie in the Name of Black Truth
11. "Busting Out"
12. "That Boy Sho' Can Preach!"
13. Cultural SeedingPart IV: Toward a New Agenda
14. New Vistas
15. The Fields Are Black unto Harvest
Glossary of People, Events and Terms