By Jawanza Eric Clark
during this assortment, black non secular students and pastors whose services diversity from theology, ethics, and the psychology of faith, to preaching, non secular aesthetics, and spiritual schooling, talk about the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the belief of the Black Madonna and baby.
Easter Sunday, 2017 will mark the fifty yr anniversary of Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s unveiling of a mural of the Black Madonna and baby in his church in Detroit, Michigan. This unveiling symbolized an intensive theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically release Black Christian Nationalism and stimulated the Black energy stream within the usa. yet fifty years later, what has been the lasting influence of this act of theological innovation? what's the legacy of Cleage’s emphasis at the literal blackness of Jesus? How has the belief of a Black Madonna and baby trained notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ groups? How has Cleage’s theology inspired Christian schooling, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts stream? The participants to this paintings talk about solutions to those and plenty of extra questions.
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8. 102–103. 9. 58. 10. Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge, ed. 82. 11. 52. 12. 85. 13. 16. 14. 45. 15. 30–31. 16. 31. 17. 161–162. 18. 32. 19. 199. 20. 31. 21. 199. 22. See Jawanza Eric Clark, Indigenous Black Theology (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Kimathi Nelson It is important to understand the theology and philosophy of Albert Cleage as an evolutionary journey. It began long before the publishing of The black Messiah in 1968 and Black Christian Nationalism: New Directions for the Black Church in 1972.
E. CLARK churches, pastors, and theologians from the tyranny of the traditional Protestant theological method. It required instituting a new method informed by a new norm and ethic. ” In fact, he determined that which is ethical must be judged solely by the extent to which it contributes to the current liberation struggle of black people. “If it supports the Liberation Struggle of black people, then it is good. If it is in opposition to the Liberation Struggle of black people, then it is bad. If it supports the Liberation Struggle of black people, then it is moral.
Cleage attempted to restructure the black church in such a way that the black church could become the engine fueling the black revolution in America. “The black church,” he asserted, “must free the minds of black people from psychological ‘identification’ with a white society which seeks in every way to destroy them. black people who dream of integration perpetuate the mechanism of their enslavement. They have been programmed to destroy themselves. E. E. ), Albert Cleage Jr. E. CLARK churches, pastors, and theologians from the tyranny of the traditional Protestant theological method.
Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child by Jawanza Eric Clark