By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded selection of amazing records deals a view of African American spiritual heritage from Africa and early the United States via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of this present 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 debts, 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 recollects 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 improved moment variation comprises new resources on girls, African missions, and the good Migration. Milton C. Sernett presents a basic advent in addition to old context and remark for every document.

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The next thing I would mention and warn you against, is profaneness. This you know is forbidden by God. " Now, though the great God has forbidden it, yet how dreadfully profane are many, and I don't know but I may say the most of you! -How common is it to hear you wish damnation to your companions, and to your own souls-and to sport with, in the name of Heaven and Hell, as if there were no such places for you to hope for or to fear. Oh my friends, be warned to forsake this dreadful sin of profaneness.

In hopes of this, I will beg of you to spare no pains in trying to learn to read. If you are once engaged, you may learn. Let all the time you can get be spent in trying to learn to read. Get those who can read, to learn you; but remember, that what you learn for, is to read the Bible. If there was no Bible, it would be no matter whether you could read or not. Reading other books would do you no good. But the Bible is the word of God, and tells you what you must do to please God; it tells you how you may escape misery, and be happy for ever.

New York: Knopf, 1974. Wood, Peter H. " Bulletin of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Religion 3, no. ) was the first African American to write and publish poetry, antedating his more famous contemporary, Phillis Wheatley of Boston. Like her, he exhibited a deeply religious and conservative temperament. A favored slave to three generations of the Lloyd family of Long Island, Hammon came under the influence of the Wesleyan evangelical revival and devoted himself to the study of the Bible and, according to some sources, preaching among fellow slaves.

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