Episode: Reclaiming The Prophecy: Religion In Black America


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Reclaiming The Prophecy: Religion In Black America

“We must face the fact that in America,” said MLK, ”the church is still the most segregated major institution.” For Black people, the church has traditionally been a place of  restoration, renewal, community, and collective action. But even during the vigor and heat of the Civil Rights Era, with church leaders like MLK up in front, the role of Christianity did not go unquestioned in Black America. And now, with the “prosperity gospel” as loud as ever, we’re interrogating this pillar of our culture. The Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews of Faith In Action helps understand how we got here, and what we should be asking of our faith communities if we’re truly interested in Black liberation.

 

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Useful links:

"Echoes of the Struggle" by Janelle Gray

Faith in Action

Interactive Story Map “Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion: The Southampton Insurrection”



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