Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion

Your Spirits Walk Beside Us The Politics of Black Religion Even before the emergence of the civil rights movement with black churches at its center African American religion and progressive politics were assumed to be inextricably intertwined In her revelato

  • Title: Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion
  • Author: Barbara Dianne Savage
  • ISBN: 9780674031777
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Even before the emergence of the civil rights movement with black churches at its center, African American religion and progressive politics were assumed to be inextricably intertwined In her revelatory book, Barbara Savage counters this assumption with the story of a highly diversified religious community whose debates over engagement in the struggle for racial equalityEven before the emergence of the civil rights movement with black churches at its center, African American religion and progressive politics were assumed to be inextricably intertwined In her revelatory book, Barbara Savage counters this assumption with the story of a highly diversified religious community whose debates over engagement in the struggle for racial equality were as vigorous as they were persistent Rather than inevitable allies, black churches and political activists have been uneasy and contentious partners.From the 1920s on, some of the best African American minds W E B Du Bois, Carter G Woodson, Benjamin Mays, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Mary McLeod Bethune, Charles S Johnson, and others argued tirelessly about the churches responsibility in the quest for racial justice Could they be a liberal force, or would they be a constraint on progress There was no single, unified black church but rather many churches marked by enormous intellectual, theological, and political differences and independence Yet, confronted by racial discrimination and poverty, churches were called upon again and again to come together as savior institutions for black communities.The tension between faith and political activism in black churches testifies to the difficult and unpredictable project of coupling religion and politics in the twentieth century By retrieving the people, the polemics, and the power of the spiritual that animated African American political life, Savage has dramatically demonstrated the challenge to all religious institutions seeking political change in our time.

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  • Barbara Dianne Savage

    Barbara D Savage is an historian and the Geraldine R Segal Professor of American Social Thought in the Departments of Africana Studies of the University of Pennsylvania Savage received her doctorate in history from Yale in 1995, and also holds a law degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

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  • At the start of her final chapter, which focuses primarily on the relationship between Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barbara Savage describes the mission of her book as correcting and complicating the "perception that black religion and politics" are "innately compatible and mutually reinforcing." As she notes, "the power of this idea eclipsed the history and memory of intraracial conflicts about the place of religion in political struggle."Judged by these criteria, Your Spirit Walks Be [...]


  • Great book. Savage does a great job of outlining some of the peculiar dimensions of the Black church. One of the predominant themes explored in the book is the mass support of the Black church by African American women. Savage did an incredible job of documenting major accomplishments by Black women in support of the church by Mary McCleod Bethune and many others. The pretentious conflicts held between the male-dominated Black denominations and churches often played a major part in how Black wom [...]



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