It is the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the languages we speak, the stories we tell amongst our family, the way we celebrate and practice religious beliefs. This is shared amongst a group of people that share the same values and ideology. Explaining myself and trying my best to relate to the African Black Church, remembering my childhood experience with religion was and still is important. Being of African descent, I attended a recognized Hindu Primary School and was never distinguished by my color or race. I was taught how to pray humbly as my fellow classmates.
It is obvious to see that black American music derived from traditional African tunes. Africa seems to be the home of musical geniuses and I thank them for allowing us to create our own genre from their inspiration. In closing, Africa night was truly an amazing experience and I cannot wait to see what is in store for us next
In her poem, she capitalizes the words Savior, Christians, and Cain, because her objective is to reach out to true Christians. By using bible text she displays an intelligent and well cultured voice, which she earns respect from her audience – in this case everyone. This short, but powerful poem about slavery amazed people, because it was considered unbelievable that a slave girl could write. Phillis Wheatley is all about change. She changed her country, her name, her religion, and her whole life.
Of course, this was all made possible due to the breeding ground of New Orleans. New Orleans was the fertile ground for musical innovation for notably six reasons. One, as a port city, it didn’t have strict cultural boundaries. There were no ghettos, and ethnic groups were intermingled, allowing for cultural exposure and diversity. Two, New Orleans had a strong Afro-Caribbean culture, evident of Place de Negres – or Congo Square – where people gathered to dance, drum, and entertain in accordance to the African tradition.
The focus of the church now consists of other worldly matters and providing personal healing instead of addressing the challenges of racial issues. Other researches think that the black church and political action have a great connection between each other. They believe that those who do attend church gain a great amount of networking, self-esteem, and organizational skills that are used in social and community activism. These researches believe that the black church serves as an inspiration for African Americans to be more engaged in political activity. Regardless of the scholarly debate, most political figures have contested to the fact that the black church does indeed have an effect on black votes and are committed in maintaining the connection between their congress and political action.
When African Americans sing Gospel music, it comes from deep within. It comes from the soul and from experience. It is thus, this experience of Gospel music by African Americans that I will discuss
Human rights and freedom were incorporated into sermons and Wheatley's poetry. The significance in Wheatley’s writings would be profound for all African Americans' sense of
He gave the people hope during a time when they needed it. Hughes’ poetry was, and still is popular today due to the way he directly focuses on African-American people in a language that they can understand and relate to; immersing in not only their present situations of wanting a better life, but also with their shared pasts and future hopes and desires. He composed stories of his people
For the early Americans, Christianity was a major influence on their everyday lifestyle. They used the Bible as their guide for living, worshiping and working. They believed that their deep devotion to God and acts of faith would keep them on good terms with God. In A Model of Christian Charity we see some of the ways to stay on good terms; Winthrop states, “to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.” In contrast when looking at Of Plymouth Plantation we see that there “was a proud and very profane young man” on board the Mayflower who “would always be contemning the poor people in their sickness and cursing them daily with grievous execrations.” Bradford wrote,
As the Christian religion spread throughout the African American population, so did the rise of courageous African American leaders that were inspired by their faith. Leaders like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr. and many more emerged to stand up and fight for freedom and righteousness. But was it because of their faith in Christianity that they stood up and fought, or was it really because they just got tired of living in oppression? Many parishioners, people who belong to or attend church, were convinced to become leaders and activists not in spite of their religion but because of the