Mighty Like a River

Mighty Like a River : The Black Church and Social Reform

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Throughout the history of the African American people there has been no stronger resource for overcoming adversity than the black church. From its role in leading a group of free Blacks to form a colony in Sierra Leone in the 1790s to helping ex-slaves after the Civil War, and from playing major roles in the Civil Rights Movement to offering community outreach programs in American cities today, black churches have been the focal point of social change in their communities. Based on extensive research over several years, Mighty Like a River is the first comprehensive account of how black churches have helped shape American society. An expert in African American culture, Andrew Billingsley surveys nearly a thousand black churches across the country, including its oldest, the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. These black churches, whose roots extend back to antebellum times, have periodically confronted social, economic, and political problems facing the African American community. Mighty Like a River addresses such questions as: How widespread and effective is the community activity of black churches? What are the patterns of activities being undertaken today?
How do activist churches confront such problems as family instability, youth development, AIDS and other health issues, and care for the elderly? With profiles of the remarkable black heroes and heroines who helped create the activist church, and a compelling agenda for expanding the black church's role in society at large, Mighty Like a River is an inspirational, visionary, and definitive account of the subject.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 146.3 x 229.6 x 21.6mm | 417.31g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195161793
  • 9780195161793
  • 2,156,103

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"As a leading scholar of the black family, Billingsley has succeeded in integrating his analysis of black churches with family concerns. He has important data on the response of black churches to the crises of HIV/Aids and of black young men. This book is highly recommended for courses on black churches, families and community issues."-Lawrence H. Mamiya, Paschall Davis Professor of African Studies and Religion at Vassar College and co-author of The Black Church
in the African American Experience "Billingsley has written a short book on a mighty theme.... It is amazing how much ground he covers.... His book transcends time and place to present a narrative that is both compelling and fascinating."-Library Journal
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About Andrew Billingsley

Andrew Billingsley, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Sociology, African American Studies, and the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina, is the author of six books of sociology, including Children of the Storm, Black Families in White America, and Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African American Families.
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