April 30, 2021

Emancipation and the growth of the Black Church

"The immediate impact that emancipation had was that it made the independent Black Church in the South possible, and it allowed Black people to exercise the freedom of choice in religious matters."

"They didn't believe that we could do it. When you think a person is less than a man, less human, three-fifths, as it says in the Constitution, then the opinion is you can't think, you can't talk, you can't write, you can't read, you can't do."  (Vashti Murphy McKenzie)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Black Church, p.77