“A revelation . . . [Collier-Thomas] details the contributions of black women to almost every important aspect of the struggle for racial justice . . . reassuringly authoritative . . . The women in this book are heroic and their stories moving, but their fight for respect and authority in the churches they worked so hard to build and support evokes the melancholia of unrequited love. It’s as if only a faith strong enough to endure slavery and overcome Jim Crow could compel them to give so much to institutions that offered them so little in return. “
—Richard Thompson Ford, The New York Times Book Review
“At long last Black church women get their due in Bettye Collier-Thomas’s exhaustive new book. . . the acclaimed Woodrow Wilson fellow charts the impressive contribution of sisters in the church movement.”
“The first comprehensive history of African American women and their participation in religious institutions from slavery to present . . . an almost encyclopedic chronicle . . . A monumental work.”
—Library Journal (starred)
“Collier-Thomas does an admirable job revealing and preserving the stories of the women as a group and, more importantly, as individuals . . . An important story well told.”
From the Hardcover edition.