The African American Church – Growth, Context as well as Essence!

When it comes to the historical development of the African-America Church like no other, several parts of knowledge were blended and many backgrounds united on the same ground. The main goal of these single bodies was to establish and advocate one common goal for the enhancement of the African American Church, which many reference in an interchangeable manner as the Black Church.

The effort of these inspiring men and women, and functional groups, were focused on a singular and shared vision of building and uplifting the African-American Church for African descendants. Generally there were many pioneers in this particular hard work including the following: W. E. B. Dubois who authored The Negro Church (1903); Carter G. Woodson, author of The History of the Negro Church (1921); E. Franklin Frazier who penned The Negro Church in America (1963); and Benjamin E. Mays and Jacob Nicholson, who collaborated on writing The Negro’s Church (1969).

Additional support was received from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1966 by the hiring of Dr. Henry H. Mitchell as the main Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Black Studies. The university offered intellectual, professional, and motivational development and support that comes with transformative leadership of the establishment and enhancement of the African American Church.

Inspiration and development were acquired in the areas of innovative learning and teaching dependent on innovative vision and ministerial leadership of Black Christianity. Potency in the system fostered as well as cemented when Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans bonded together to support as well as encourage the program by taking courses to enhance their vision and base of knowledge concerning African-American Christianity.

Consequently, the springboard effect of this particular critical and methodical approach evolved into a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary intellectual richness of practical and theoretical African-American Spirituality. The interdisciplinary area resulted from an integration of rich and vibrant knowledge from a perspective of a number of disciplines, which holistically solved many problems through the medium of analysis and educational applications.

On the other hand, the multidisciplinary integration of efforts encompassed different fields of study which happened to be delved into, thus resulted in conversations which often illuminated the objective aspects of African-American Studies along with the Black Church. Most of the applications used during the program investigated and solved grievous problems arising from:

Racism and its disparaging as well as discriminatory influence on African-Americans
Sexism and just how such practiced negatively impacted African-Americans
Classist society and its unwanted impact on African-American members of society The eventual realization of this combined undertaking demonstrated that the Black Church was but still is a necessary, vital, integral, and also developing part of American society. The awakening resulted in the Black Church emerging in the leading edge of religion as an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and culturally dynamic component: Naturally, it cuts across the spectrum of African-American spirituality thus having a bigger context and point of view of the Black Church.

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