In 2004 the Journal of Religious Thought accepted publication of his article titled "African American Interpretation of Scripture." Dr. Davis’ writings on Frederick Douglass are contained in an anthology called "Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians," edited by Kwok Pui-lan, Don H. Compier, and Joerg Rieger (Portress Press, 2007). He is also the author of the much discussed work titled, "The Black Church Relevant or Irrelevant in the 21st Century” (Smyth & Helwys, 2010), and the recently acclaimed “Bible Study for Pastors and Ministers” (Wipf & Stock, 2011), ready-made lessons to transform members into disciples and an audience into an army. Dr. Davis is affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, the American Baptist Churches of the South, and American Academy of Religion, the NAACP, Ministers' Alliance and Business Operating Self Support (BOSS) in Memphis, Tennessee. Pastor Davis has been a frequent radio guest in Memphis, Tennessee, and lectures at colleges, universities, and churches across the nation.
 After slavery was abolished, freed blacks continued to establish separate congregations and church facilities, creating communities and worship in culturally distinct ways. They had already created a unique and empowering form of Christianity that creolized African spiritual traditions. In addition, segregationist attitudes in both the North and the South discouraged and, especially in the South, prevented African-Americans from worshiping in the same churches as whites. The tradition of African-Americans worshipping together continued to develop during the late 19th century and continues to this day despite the decline of segregationist attitudes and the general acceptability of integrated worship. African American churches have long been the centers of communities, serving as school
African-American author Toni Morrison’s book, Beloved, describes a black culture born out of a dehumanising period of slavery just after the Civil War. Culture is a means of how a group collectively believe, act, and interact on a daily basis. Those who have studied her work refer to Morrison’s narrative tales as “literature…that addresses the sacred and as an allegorical representation of black experience” (Baker-Fletcher 1993: 2). Although African Americans had a difficult time establishing their own culture during the period of slavery when they were considered less than human, Morrison believes that black culture has been built on the horrors of the past and it is this history that has shaped contemporary black culture in a positive way. Through the use of linguistic devices, her representation of black women, imagery and symbolic features, and the theme of interracial relations, Morrison illustrates that black culture that is resilient, vibrant, independent, and determined.
As many other musical genres such as Jazz, Gospel, and Blues were developed by African Americans, Hip-hop music is also a creation of their culture. Although the style and the characteristics of Hip-hop music that people have been making have varied over time, the essential purpose of the music remains the same: to send a message through music. African Americans developed their music as a product of their experiences of being under the harsh conditions of slavery in America. According to Megan Sullivan, the author of the article “African-American Music as Rebellion: From Slavesong to Hip-Hop”, white Americans treated African Americans unequally and separated them from white American’s society (21). Under the bleak condition of slavery, African American used music as a way to stay connected with their own African culture, while expressing the painful experiences that they had throughout history.
Malcolm X Speech Analysis Have you ever been persuaded by a speaker to do or believe in something that you wouldn’t have without listening to their speech? Throughout history speakers have used many different techniques to persuade their audience into believing and supporting their ideals. One speaker who has done this was African American rights activist Malcolm X. He convinces his audience of his ideals through the use of rhetorical devices, fallacies, and the effective use of ethos pathos and logos during his “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech. Malcolm X was a controversial speaker who often used the Constitution as a body of law and appeals to ‘the human condition and universal human rights’ to logically assess the status of African Americans progress in the nation.
The term “Black Church” refers to Christian churches that pertain to predominantly African-American cultures in the United States. While some black churches belong to predominantly African-American denominations, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church, many black churches are members of predominantly white denominations, such as the United Church of Christ. One of the noticeable differences in a black church, compared to a white church, is the music they play. Where I grew up, my family and I would always attend a church that was predominately black. The music that was played was important to the church and church people it always caused the church people to become excited for the Lord.
Gospel songs within African American Protestant churches The story of the Negro spirituals starts with the history of African Americans. There are three milestones in this history, the abolition of slavery, the black renaissance, and the first Martin Luther King day. Slavery was as important issue facing Churches. The slaves were allowed to meet for church services. Slaves had their churches they could attend or plantation “praise houses”.
From the smooth tones of Sam Cooke and the melodious overtures of Marion Anderson to thunderous roar of Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin, black gospel music is more than just a soulful sound; it is a collection of life changing beats that transcend time, culture, and religion becoming a powerful force in the dichotomy of American music. As we embark upon the 21st century, gospel music has evolved into various sub genres and crossed over into secular venues becoming a new soulful sound of America. However, like any style and form of music, gospel music does have its spiritual genesis. Black gospel music as we know it today was birthed within the loins of the Historic Pilgrim Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago. Designed by Louis Sullivan
Martin Luther King Junior and Nelson Mandela are some of my iconic leaders and role models that impact positively on people’s lives. Both leaders have similarities as well as contrasts in their leadership styles. Some of the contrasts that were exhibited by these leaders include: Martin Luther King Junior was a black American residing is the U.S. He was born in Atlanta in 1929 and died on 1968 through assassination. He was a Baptist minister as well as civil rights activist who fought for the rights and representation of the black Americans.
And this day today, is “I have a dream” one of the most famous and important speeches. Pentagon Writer: * The writer is Martin Luther king who also is the one who speech the speech. You don’t get a lot of information of him in the text, besides that he stands for the black people and he has four children. But I have goggled him, to get more information about him * He was born January 15, 1929 and died April 4, 1968 * He was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Language: * The language is formal but easy to understand.