black history month

Frederick Douglass: Slaves Sing Most When They Are Most Unhappy – Christian Article

Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) fought three great evils in his life: slavery, the subjugation of women, and hatred among humankind. Born into slavery in 1818 and separated from his mother at birth, Douglass never knew his actual birth date. He was moved around various farms as a child and teenager in New England. He learned the alphabet from one slave owner’s wife, and from there taught himself to read and write—and was soon using the Bible to teach other slaves to…

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Forged in the Fire: A Pastor’s Lament – Christian Article

With the end of the Civil War in 1865, the black church and its worship gained a more public face, even in the South. Black groups within white churches could separate and begin self-determining congregations. Accepting a call to become the pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church in 1895 was what originally brought C.P. Jones to Jackson, MS.1 Mt. Helm was a split off of Jackson’s First Baptist Church, a white congregation with a black group meeting in the basement.…

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The First Ordained African-American Preacher – Christian Article

Lemuel Haynes (1753–1833) was born to a black father and white mother, and never knew either of his parents. At five months old, he was sent to become an indentured servant to Deacon David Rose and his family in Granville, MA. Yet the Roses treated Haynes as if he were one of the family. Haynes wrote of Mrs. Rose, “I remember it was a saying among the neighbors that she loved Lemuel more than her own children.” After fighting in…

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Seeing Black History Through Another Lens – Christian Article

By Cara Meredith There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 My friend Shannon and I wove our way through the National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, DC. Two days before, we’d sat at the feet of Mama Ruby, and now, on our last full day of the pilgrimage, our bodies ached with a wild kind of exhaustion.…

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Theological Development among African-American Slaves (Video) – Christian Article

This month we’re celebrating Black History Month on the blog, and we’ll be featuring writings and teachings from African-American Christians past and present. In this lecture from History and Theology of the African American Church, Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. describes theological development among African-American slaves. Highlights: Withholding of Christianity from African-American slaves (0:05) Elements of African-American theological development (1:19) How African-American suffering in the South contributed to a theology of suffering (3:35)  *Note that because this is one lecture in…

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