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A chronology, an overview essay, and alphabetically arranged reference entries explore the background and contemporary significance of black religious activism in the United States.
In 1787, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones left the predominantly white St. George Methodist Episcopal Church to protest the racism and discrimination they faced. A few years later, both men would create their own African American Christian denominations to meet the political and spiritual needs of black communities. Black leaders created countless religious organization over the next two hundred years to meet those same needs. Black religious communities ranging from mega churches to Black Lives Matter continue to play an important role in politics.
This book examines the background and significance of black religious activism in the United States. The book begins with an overview of black religious activism. A chronology then profiles key events related to black religious activism. Roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries follow. These provide objective, fundamental information about people, organizations, events, and other topics related to black religious activism, with an emphasis on modern concerns. Each entry provides cross-references and suggestions for further reading. The volume closes with a selected, annotated bibliography of the most important broad works on black religious activism.
- An overview essay surveys the background and present-day significance of black religious activism in the United States
- A chronology highlights key events related to black religious activism
- Alphabetically arranged entries provide fundamental information about important contemporary and historical topics related to black religious activism
- Entry bibliographies and a selected, annotated bibliography direct the reader to additional resources
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Religion in Politics and Society Today
Religion has long played an influential role in shaping our world. Each book in this series examines how religion informs a particularly critical social or political concern, such as antisemitism, education, environmental issues, Islam in America, and war. Through an overview essay, chronology, and roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries, the volumes provide concise, objective coverage of the essential elements of the topic discussed. An annotated bibliography closes each book and directs the reader to some of the most important sources of additional information.
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