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The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #21

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Our Scripture verse for today is Philippians 4:19 which reads: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, "Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens." He said, "The 'Black Church' has historically been a spiritual and unique psychological sustaining force for Black people. Many have observed that, without God and the 'Black Church,' Blacks in America would not have survived the horrors of the middle passage and slavery. From all indications, and contrary to some observers, the historical faith of Black people as practiced in Christianity was authentic and genuine. It was 'other­worldly,' but also 'this-worldly.' It allowed individuals to sustain hope, bear pain, endure agony, and maintain a sense of sanity -- with the hope and belief that a better day was coming by and by. Even those who do not share this faith would have to admit as history unfolded that a better day did come for Black people."

In this podcast, we are using as our texts: From Slavery to Freedom, by John Hope Franklin, The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier, and The Black Church In The U.S. by William A. Banks. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase any one of these books from our website, HistoryofBlackAmericansAndTheBlackChurch.com.