Good sermons act as the moral compass of their times. And so the discovery of these thirty-eight never-before-published sermons by black women preachers is an invaluable find, enabling us to explore the critical path taken in the struggle against racial and gender inequality, poverty and moral decay. This book fills an important gap in our understanding of African American experience by providing the long overdue access to the original text of the sermons coupled with expert contextual analysis by Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas, a respected scholar of African History. This book brings together the voices of fourteen black women preachers along with historical and biographical information that places them in the context of their times. Spanning the days of slavery on through the long struggle to gain the most basic of civil rights, these remarkable women deliver messages of hope and faith that cut to the heart and moved their followers. The women represented here include figures known to scholars and women who have gone unnoticed despite their great impact. Encompassing themes ranging from racial and gender discrimination in the church and society to the tenets of their shared theology, their sermons reveal women of great faith, courage, and wisdom.
BETTYE COLLIER-THOMAS is associate professor of history and director of the Temple University Center for African American History and Culture. She is the founding executive director of the Bethune Museum-Archives, Inc., the first institution in the United States to focus on the documentation and preservation of African American women's history. Collier-Thomas's research focuses on African American women, popular culture, and religion.
"This book is hard evidence that the churches have been deprived ofa rich resource by their reluctance to receive women preachers. . .. These messages ring with passion and sincerity . . . they breakthrough our narrow limits and speak generously about things thatmatter most." (Samuel D. Proctor, Martin Luther King, Jr.,Professor Emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of NewJersey)
"An original, distinguished, and matchless contribution to agreatly neglected study." (Ella Pearson Mitchell, former dean ofthe chapel at Spelman College and mentor with the doctoral programat United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio)
"Daughters of Thunder is a singular event in women's history,particularly African American women's history. . . . A pricelessreference work in the history of Christian preaching that willrevitalize the preaching of the twenty first century." (CherylTownsAnd Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur associateprofessor of African American studies and sociology, ColbyCollege)
"A sensitive, well-researched reevaluation of the contributions ofAfrican American women to the spiritual development of ourculture." (C. Eric Lincoln, William Kenan Rand DistinguishedProfessor of Religion and Culture (emeritus), Duke University)
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