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The Black Church by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Black Church

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The Black Church by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Feb 16, 2021 | ISBN 9781984880338

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“Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has once again delved deep into the doings and sufferings of Black people in the USA! This time he gives us a rich story and riveting song of the profound forms of spirituality and musicality that sustained Black sanity and dignity. Although Gates rightly highlights the centrality of the ambiguous legacy of the Black Church, he also explores the crucial realities of Islam and other non-Christian religious practices. And the last powerful and playful chapter on his personal dance with an elusive Holy Ghost lays bare his own signifying genius grounded in a genuine love of Black people and culture!” —Cornel West

“Absolutely brilliant—a book that should spark a very rich conversation within the field and echo far beyond it. Its reckoning with the Holy Ghost in the context of Gates’s own childhood is extraordinary. More than a wonderful synthesis of a deep literature about Black Christendom, it is a necessary reminder of where the Black community has found its strength to persevere, and to fight, and where it must find it still. Not least, Gates shows us that sacred music has never just been music; it is a taproot and a through-line across all of American history. A necessary and moving work.” —Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., author of Begin Again

“A brilliant book: while I’ve spent some years studying this topic, I was enriched by how much new still is to be learned. Gates’s insights into the role of the Holy Ghost in the Black Church are particularly revelatory. This is a rich and absorbing survey of the people, ideas, institutions, and expressions that have formed Black American history, and indelibly imprinted all of American history. You’ll learn a lot about the past, and understand more about the present. Absolutely marvelous.” —Paul Harvey, Professor of History, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, author of Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American Christianity

“A path-breaking book: Henry Louis Gates approaches the Black Church as a subversive cultural system, opening up a vital cross-disciplinary conversation about the true import of this pillar of the African American community, so central to our history, our identity, and our movements for social justice. As engaging as a compelling novel yet brimming with important contemporary scholarship, The Black Church sheds brilliant new light on the problem of religion and race in America, and the critical role of Black Christians in achieving equity, justice, and the ‘healing of the nation.’” —Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Assistant Pastor, Union Baptist Church; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, Colby College

“If you want to understand the long arc of black struggle, hope and resilience, read Gates’ The Black Church.  It is a concise and compelling history of the significance of black churches in American society.” —Marla Frederick, PhD, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture, Emory University, Candler School of Theology

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