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In Troubled Times, Does “The Black Church” Still Matter?

posted on December 11, 2014

At NPR, Michel Martin interviews Eddie Glaude, Jr., professor of religion at Princeton, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, a position once held by Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. They spoke on the role of the black church in social movements. “The black church, born fighting for freedom, is that church among the American churches that has seen justice-making as central to its Christian identity,” Warnock said. “And so even though I’m a leader and pastor in the black church and the church of Martin Luther King, Jr., there’s a kind of radical trajectory that comes out of the black church that I do think is distinctive, and for obvious and good historic reasons. It literally is a church organized by slaves as they responded to that primary contradiction in their lives.”

Read at NPR