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The History of Black Americans and the Black Church

The church and religion has played and continues to play a big role in the African-American community. Yet, many of us who grew up in the traditional black church do not have an understanding of how our faith evolved under the duress of slavery and discrimination to be and to represent what it does today. The purpose of this broadcast is to provide that background knowledge while also pointing out the dividing line between what is just tradition and true faith in Jesus Christ.
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May 22, 2015

Our Scripture verse for today is 1 Corinthians 1:10 which reads: "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, "Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens." He said, "Abraham Maslow, a psychologist, defined the human's highest need as the need for self-actualization. That is, all that a person can be one must be. Christianity, biblically practiced and exercised, takes the individual to one's highest level and allows the person to become fully who he or she is. The true church allows individuals to become all that one could become. The true church allowed and allows total development by an individual. In the true church, the individual can develop all dimensions—mind, body, soul, and spirit."

In this podcast, we are using as our texts: From Slavery to Freedom, by John Hope Franklin, The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier, and The Black Church In The U.S. by William A. Banks.

Our first topic for today is titled "The African Way of Life -- Social Organization (Part 2)" from the book, "From Slavery to Freedom" by John Hope Franklin. 

Our second topic for today is "The Invisible Institution Comes Into Existence, Part 3" from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier. 

Our third and final topic for today is from "The Black Church in the U.S.: Its Origin, Growth, Contributions, and Outlook" by  Dr. William A. Banks. Today we are looking at the section titled, "Early Black Churches Led by Whites, Part 1"

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