AFRO 201 Topic 3 Lecture SP 09

AFRO 201 Topic 3 Lecture SP 09 - AFRO 201 Topic 3: Religion...

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0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Vote for Black Candidates Member of Black Advocacy Organization Supports Shopping Black Stores CHURCH ATTENDANCE Once A Week Never AFRO 201 Afro-Christianity: Christianity through the lens of the Black Experience --- opening story Outline Lecture Objectives: To understand how African American spirituality and religion are core expressions the Black experience and the political and social significance of today’s Black church. f The Origins of Black Spirituality f f The Origins of Black Spirituality This Far by Faith , Episode 1: “There is a River” Culture/political culture: The film tells of the tie between spirituality and civic life; and how enslaved Africans reinterpreted the slave master’s Christianity toward the ends of freedom. Revisiting the Origins Debate: Melville Herskovits in the Myth of the Negro Past (1941) argued that there were significant Black American “retentions” of their African culture. E. Franklin Frazier in The Negro Church in America (1960) disagreed and felt slavery fundamentally stripped blacks of African culture. Black Church as a Political Arena
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