On this episode, Dr. Zach Mills discussed his new book The Last Blues Preacher: Reverend Clay Evans, Black Lives, and the Faith That Woke the Nation.
Black Scholar Spotlight
On this episode, Dr. Jon Sensbach discussed the life and work of Rebecca Protten. Rebecca was a "Caribbean woman—a slave turned evangelist—who helped inspire the rise of black Christianity in the Atlantic world. All but unknown today, Rebecca Protten left an enduring influence on African-American religion and society. Born in 1718, Protten had a childhood conversion experience, gained her freedom from bondage, and joined a group of German proselytizers from the Moravian Church. She embarked on an itinerant mission, preaching to hundreds of the enslaved Africans of St. Thomas, a Danish sugar colony in the West Indies. Laboring in obscurity and weathering persecution from hostile planters, Protten and other black preachers created the earliest African Protestant congregation in the Americas."
On this episode, Dr. Walter Strickland discussed the life of Charles Octavius Boothe and the book Plain Theology for Plain People.
On this episode, Dr. Martha Simmons discussed "Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present", the African American Lectionary, African American theology and the history of whooping.