African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton C. Sernett

By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded selection of outstanding records bargains a view of African American spiritual heritage from Africa and early the US via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of this day. The documents—many of them infrequent, out-of-print, or tricky to find—include own narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic bills, and theological statements. during this quantity Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo faith. Lemuel Haynes provides a black Puritan’s farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee turns into a feminine preacher one of the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches one of the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs stories at the paintings of Baptist ladies. African Methodist bishops planned at the nice Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal event. Mahalia Jackson recollects the glory of making a song on the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
initially released in 1985, this accelerated moment version contains new resources on girls, African missions, and the good Migration. Milton C. Sernett offers a common creation in addition to old context and remark for every document.

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December 11,1712] I thought to have baptized some more Negro Slaves this Advent they are well Instructed and I hear no complaint concerning them. Their Masters Seem very much Averse to my Design, Some of them will not give them Leave to come to Church to learn how to Pray to God & to Serve him, I cannot find any reason for this New Opposition but the Old pretext that Baptism makes the Slaves proud and Undutifull: I endeavour to convince them of the Contrary From the Example of those I have baptized, and Chiefly those who are Admitted to our holy Comunion who behave themselves very well, I humbly ask that if the Society Orders any Thing to be Publisht to Induce the Masters to shrew more Charity towards their Slaves I may have some Copies to distribute ....

Was the first African American to write and publish poetry, antedating his more famous contemporary, Phillis Wheatley of Boston. Like her, he exhibited a deeply religious and conservative temperament. A favored slave to three generations of the Lloyd family of Long Island, Hammon came under the influence of the Wesleyan evangelical revival and devoted himself to the study of the Bible and, according to some sources, preaching among fellow slaves. The following address was originally presented to members of the African Society in the city of New York in 1786.

New York: Penguin Books, 1995. Ilogu, Edmund. Christianity and Ibo Culture. Leiden: Brill, 1974. Parrinder, Edward Geoffrey. West African Religion: A Study of the Beliefs and Practices of Akan, Ewe, Yoruba, lbo, and Kindred Peoples. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1970. -19- BRYAN EDWARDS African Religions in Colonial Jamaica Evidence of the cultural tenacity of religious Africanisms was much stronger in the slave cultures of the Caribbean and South America than on the plantations of the American South.

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