Specifically, we examine how Christian faith--despite aggregious
offenses--has shaped the race debate and the progress toward solutions.
How can this faith yet help? Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam
claimed that Christianity is a "white man's religion," responsible for the
oppression of the black race. Is that an entirely accurate view? What about
the role of Christians in defeating slavery--and later, discrimination--in
America? Most importantly, what about the Christian faith of African
Americans themselves? Additionally, how have blacks, particularly men,
been affected by reticence to embrace Christianity?
And what about the current plight of comtemporary Africans suffering under
the yoke of slavery--where is the outcry we heard over Apartheid? Here at
home, have we overcorrected the injustices in our institutions in our
multicultural emphasis on race, as well as class and gender? These issues
touching on the continuing civil rights oddysey are all tied together in
our special focus.
—Byron Barlowe, Editor/Webmaster, Leadership University
The Woman on the Bus: The Faith of Rosa Parks
Author, speaker and one-time Presidential assistant Colson comments on the
Christian faith of Rosa Parks, the woman made famous in 1955 for refusing
to vacate her bus seat for a white man. Her defiance became a rallying
point for the civil rights movement, but her decorum itself was distinctly
civil, which gave her example power.
MIA Mass Meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From one of MLK's speeches, given on the heels of the legendary Rosa Parks
bus ejection incident in Montgomery, Alabama, where it occurred. Profoundly
Christian themes are interwoven throughout this and other MLK speeches as
he emphasized biblical justice.
Let's Give the Dream New Life
Explores Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream in the context of modern
Fisher of Men
Herbert H. Toler, Jr.
The alienation of African-American men from the churches of their
communities is perhaps the single greatest tragedy facing black America.
This essay describes an inner-city pastor who is training men in his church
to be better citizens, fathers and leaders.
Two Cheers for Class
Peter L. Berger
Race, class and gender make up the three primary categories of concern in
modern academic scholarship. Each of these is usually discussed in relation
to power. The author comments on each of these categorical distintions and
evaluates their adequacy for legitimate intellectual inquiries.
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