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West African religion, highly transcendental, with its innate principle of monotheism, has a

 parallel kinship with the New Testament thought of Jesus. Walker therefore insists Africans

were not Christianized, rather “the ancestors of Africans Africanized European Christianity”




Religion and Society

By Rose Ure Mezu 




Black Creativity and the State of the Race by Rose Ure Mezu


Roots -- Musically Speaking by Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker


Christianity, African Traditional Religion and Colonialism: Were African Pawns or Players in the .
Cultural Encounter by Gabriel E. Ezewudo, C.S. Sp


Oral Tradition -- Women in Religion: Recontextualizing the sermon to Tell Her Story
by Dr. Ann Lightner-Fuller


Africa and other Civilizations: Conquest and Counter-Conquest by Ali Mazrui


Women, the Black Race, and Pan-Africanism by Dr. Rose Ure Mezu


Black Feminism: A Revised Theoretical Landscape for Terry McMillan's Fiction
by Rita B. Dandrige


Black Writers, White Publishers by Dr. S. Okechukwu Mezu


The Black Arts Movement: The British Perspective by Tracey Walters


Ebonics: A Source of Pride, Fear, and Shame by Wavie Gibson


Post-Industrial Critique: Hip-Hop as Black Public Sphere by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal


About the Contributors


About the Authors

 Dr. Ann Lightner-Fuller is pastor of the Mt. Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church, Towson, Maryland, an acclaimed speaker and author of Desperate People: Sermons for Times Like These and Your Daughters Shall Preach and Developing Female Mentoring Programs in the African American Church.

Rev. Gabriel Ezewudo, C.S.Sp. is a Holy Ghost Father from Nigeria studying Communications at the University of Montreal, Canada. Rev. Ezewudo was at one time the Director of the Holy Ghost Juniorate and House of Formation in Nigeria.

Rita B. Dandrige teaches English at the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Wavie Gibson, Jr. received his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with concentration on Rhetoric and Linguistics. He has studied French, Latin, Russian, and Spanish and presently teaches at Salisbury State University, Salisbury, Maryland.

Dr. Ali Mazrui is the Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities Binghamton University State University of New York at Binghamton, New York; Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large University of Jos, Jos Nigeria; Ibn Khaldun Professor-at-Large School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Leesburg, Virginia; Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in Africana Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Walter Rodney, Professor , University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana. Dr. Mazrui, a well-known Africanist Scholar, has published many books.

Dr. S. Okechukwu Mezu, Publisher of Black Academy Press, Inc., is also a poet, novelist, critical writer, and author of several books including The Philosophy of Pan-Africanism, Leopold Sedar Senghor et la defense et illustration de la civilization noire, Behind the Rising Sun (novel), The Tropical Dawn (poems), Black Leaders of the Centuries, ed.; Modern Black Literature, and others as well as many scholarly articles in journals in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. He has published works in French, English, Igbo, and German.

Dr. Rose Ure Mezu, Associate Professor, English, Morgan State University, author of the seminal critical work, Women in Chains: Abandonment in Love Relationships in the Fiction of Selected West African Writers, a book of poems Songs of the Hearth, and Leadership, Culture and Racism, ed.., as well as numerous articles. A renowned feminist scholar and exponent of womanism. Dr. Rose Mezu is also the founder and coordinator of the Annual International and Interdisciplinary Black Creativity Conference at Morgan State University now in its third year.

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal is a professor at State University of New York at Albany.

Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, senior Pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, is a theologian, civil rights leader and cultural historian. He is the author of several books including The African American Church: Past, Present, and Future, The Soul of Black Worship, and Spirits that Dwell in Deep Woods.

Tracey Walters is a Doctoral candidate at Howard University. Her areas of interest include Afro-British and African-American Literatures.

Religion and Society (1999) was published by Black Academy Press, Inc. / P.O. Box 619 / Randallstown, MD 21133

posted 7 November 2007 

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The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin was falsely accused of stealing a white man's turkeys and was almost beaten to death. In 1945, George Swanson Starling, a citrus picker, fled Florida for Harlem after learning of the grove owners' plans to give him a "necktie party" (a lynching). Robert Joseph Pershing Foster made his trek from Louisiana to California in 1953, embittered by "the absurdity that he was doing surgery for the United States Army and couldn't operate in his own home town." Anchored to these three stories is Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wilkerson's magnificent, extensively researched study of the "great migration," the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the terror of Jim Crow to an "uncertain existence" in the North and Midwest. Wilkerson deftly incorporates sociological and historical studies into the novelistic narratives of Gladney, Starling, and Pershing settling in new lands, building anew, and often finding that they have not left racism behind. The drama, poignancy, and romance of a classic immigrant saga pervade this book, hold the reader in its grasp, and resonate long after the reading is done.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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