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By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded number of striking files deals a view of African American spiritual historical past from Africa and early the US via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of this day. The documents—many of them infrequent, out-of-print, or tough to find—include own narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic bills, and theological statements. during this quantity Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo faith. Lemuel Haynes offers a black Puritan’s farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee turns into a feminine preacher one of the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches one of the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs stories at the paintings of Baptist ladies. African Methodist bishops planned at the nice Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal event. Mahalia Jackson remembers the glory of making a song on the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
initially released in 1985, this multiplied moment variation comprises new assets on girls, African missions, and the good Migration. Milton C. Sernett offers a normal creation in addition to historic context and remark for every document.

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You must know it would not; nor will your hearing him curse and swear, and take the name of God in vain, or any other man, be he ever so great or rich, excuse you. God is greater than all other beings, and him we are bound to obey. To him we must give an account for every idle word that we speak. He will bring us all, rich and poor, white and black, to his judgment seat. If we are found among those who feared his name, and trembled at his word, we shall be called good and faithful servants. Our slavery will be at an end, and though ever so mean, low and despised in this world, we shall sit with God in his kingdom, as Kings and Priests, and rejoice for ever and ever.

Ed. America's First Negro Poet: The Complete Works ofJupiter Hammon of Long Island. : Kennikat Press, 1970. Scherer, Lester B. Slavery and the Churches in Early America, 1619-1819. : W. B. Eerdmans, 1975. , and Robert M. Moore. , 24 (April 1967): 224-42 . Wegelin, Oscar. Jupiter Hammon-American Negro Poet; Selections from His Writings and a Bibliography. New York: Heartman, 1915. -43- GEORGE LIELE AND ANDREW BRYAN Letters from Pioneer Black Baptists Independent black congregations arose in the South during the Revolutionary era in the wake of a general religious awakening and under the egalitarian spirituality espoused by dissenting white Baptists.

When thousands and millions of years have rolled away, this eternity will be no nigher coming to an end. Oh how glorious is an eternal life of happiness! And how dreadful an eternity of misery! Those of us who have had religious matters [masters], and have been taught to read the Bible, and have been brought by their example and teaching to a sense of divine things, how happy shall we be to meet them in Heaven, where we shall join them in praising God for ever. But if any of us have had such masters, and yet have lived and died wicked, how will it add to our misery to think of our folly.

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