Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II addresses protesters gathered at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post via Getty Images Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate In an interview earlier this year, Rev. Barber said: “There is not some separation between Jesus and justice; to be Christian is to be concerned with what’s going on in the world.”By Lawrence Burnley, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of DaytonWhen the Rev. Al Sharpton implored white America to “get your knee off our necks” at the memorial of George Floyd, his words were carried by news outlets across the globe.Meanwhile in the U.S., the Rev. William J. Barber II has been an ever-present voice in the protests, prompting some to place him as the successor to past civil rights greats.That people of the cloth are at the forefront of the current protests over police brutality should not be a surprise.From the earliest times of the United States’ history, religious leaders have led the struggle for liberation and racial justice for black Americans. As an ordained minister and a historian, I see it as a common thread running through the history of the United States, from black resistance in the earliest periods of slavery in the antebellum South, through the civil rights movement of the 1960s and up to the Black Lives Matter movement today.As Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matters, says: “The fight to save your life is a spiritual fight.”Spiritual callingFor many black religious leaders in the United States, civil rights and social justice are central to their spiritual calling. Informed by their respective faith traditions, it places religion within the black American experience while also being informed by African culture and the traumatic experience of the Transatlantic trade of African people.We see this in Malcolm X’s 1964 exhortation that black Americans should form bonds with African nations and “migrate to Africa culturally, philosophically and spiritually.” Malcolm X’s desire to internationalize the struggle in the U.S. after his 1964 pilgrimage to Mecca also speaks to the role he saw Islam having in the civil rights movement.“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem,” he wrote in a letter during his visit to Saudi Arabia. The struggle of black Americans informed Malcolm X’s reading of the Quran.Similarly, the interaction between religious text and real-world struggle informed earlier black civil rights and anti-slavery leaders. Slave revolt leader Nat Turner, for example, saw rebellion as the work of God, and drew upon biblical texts to inspire his actions.As the historian and Turner biographer Patrick Breen noted in an article for Smithsonian Magazine, “Turner readily placed his revolt in a biblical context, comparing himself at some times to the Old Testament prophets, at another point to Jesus Christ.” In his “Confessions,” dictated to a white lawyer after his 1831 arrest, Turner quoted the Gospel of Luke and alluded to numerous other passages from the Bible.Turner had visions he interpreted as signs from God encouraging him to revolt.VisionsSuch prophetic visions were not uncommon to early anti-slavery leaders – Sojourner Truth and Jarena Lee were both spurred to action after God revealed himself to them. Lee’s anti-slavery preaching is also an early example of the important role that black religious female leaders would have in the civil rights struggle.In arguing for her right to spread God’s message, Lee asked: “If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? Seeing he died for her also. Is he not a whole Saviour, instead of a half one?”Sojourner Truth was driven to anti-slavery activism by spiritual visions.GHI Vintage/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesThese early anti-slavery activists rejected the “otherworld” theology taught to enslaved Africans by their white captors, which sought to deflect attention away from their condition in “this world” with promises of a better afterlife.Instead, they affirmed God’s intention for freedom and liberation in both this world and the next, identifying strongly with biblical stories of freedom, such as the exodus of the Hebrew community from Egyptian enslavement and Jesus’ proclamation to “set the oppressed free.”Incorporating religion into the black anti-slavery movement sowed the seeds for faith being central to the struggle for racial justice to come. As the church historian James Washington observed, the “very disorientation of their slavery and the persistent impact of systemic racism and other forms of oppression provided the opportunity – indeed the necessity – of a new religious synthesis.”At heart, a preacherThe synthesis continued into the 20th century, with religious civil rights leaders who clearly felt compelled to make the struggle for justice central part of the role of a spiritual leader.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching in Chicago.Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images“In the quiet recesses of my heart, I am fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in a 1965 article for Ebony Magazine.Racial justice remains integral to black Christian leadership in the 21st century. In an interview earlier this year, Rev. Barber said: “There is not some separation between Jesus and justice; to be Christian is to be concerned with what’s going on in the world.”Recognizing the rich legacy of black religious leadership in the struggle of racial justice in the United States in no way diminishes the role of historic and contemporary secular leadership. From W.E.B. DuBois to A. Philip Randolph, who helped organize 1963’s March on Washington, and up to the current day the civil rights movement has also benefited from those who would classify themselves as freethinkers or atheists.But given the history of religion in the black protest movement, it should be no surprise that the killing of George Floyd has unleashed an outpouring of activism from black religious leaders – backed by supporters from different faith traditions.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSBlack Religious LeadersCivil rightsProtestsSocial Justice Previous articleKeeping dads healthy: Fitness tips for Father’s Day amid COVID-19Next articleJesus: At the heart of justice Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – January 22, 2010 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp News Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Friend gives evidence in Donegal rape trial Facebook Previous articleConcerns over funding for Bunbeg NSNext articleNew cross border Diabetes services launched News Highland Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North The friend of a Donegal man accused of raping a teenage girl two years ago told a Central Criminal Court jury that he heard the complainant ask the man to be “f**k buddies” after the alleged attack.The 23-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to rape of the then 15-year-old girl on a date in February 2008.The witness told prosecuting counsel, Mr Conor Devally SC, that on the night of the alleged incident he got a text on his phone to ask if he was coming to meet a girl he had been seeing. He said he and the accused, who was driving his car, went to school grounds to meet the girl where she was drinking with two friends.He said the three girls got into the back seat of the car and when he got out of the car to speak to someone, the complainant moved into the front passenger seat beside the accused and when he returned he got into rear.He said they then drove to another town where they got alcohol and the girl he was seeing went to the toilet. He said she then got a call from her mother and they left her off near her home.He told Mr Devally he saw the alleged victim lean over and kiss the accused man around this time.He said the complainant asked him (witness) if the car had to go home with him and he said it did.Witness said that he got out of the car with the complainant’s friend because he “knew they wanted to be alone.” He said the accused drove off and he waited with the girl until his friend and the complainant came back about 15 minutes later.He said he did not notice anything on their return and said they both seemed “happy enough.”He said on the way to drop the girls off in the centre of the town he heard the alleged victim ask the accused if they wanted to be “f**k buddies.”The man agreed with defence counsel, Mr Peter Nolan BL (with Mr David Goldberg SC), that he and the accused drove to the school grounds on foot of receiving a text message from the girl he was seeing and when asked by Mr Nolan if anyone wished to see the accused that night he replied the complainant did.He agreed that the mood in the car as they drove to get more alcohol was “happy” and “good.”The man said after the mother of the girl he was seeing called to say she should go home, he got out of the car with her to get some “fresh air” and sober up. He said as they got back into the car the alleged victim leaned over and “French kissed” the accused for about 20 seconds.He said the girl told the accused: “I thought you were not going to make the first move so I thought I would.”He told Mr Nolan that after they dropped the girl he was seeing home and the alleged victim asked him did the car have to go home with him, he believed she wanted to leave him home and stay in the car.He agreed he got out of the car with the other girl and said he had a “fair idea” why they wanted the car. He replied “to have sex” when asked by Mr Nolan what he believed the reason was.He agreed with Mr Nolan that it was instigated by the complainant and was not the accused mans suggestion. He said he heard the girl ask the accused if they wanted to be “f**k buddies” on the way back to the town and said this was when people who were not in a relationship met up for sex.He said the accused “just laughed” when she said this and as she was getting out of the car the accused told her he would give her a text.He said she was not in hurry to get out of the car and did not run for help but got out as a normal person would. He said he went home and did not think that there would be any complaint made by the girl.The trial continues before Mr Justice George Birmingham and a jury of seven men and five Facebook
Promoted Content”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? “We’ve had an amazing six and a half seasons and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everybody – I will be extremely emotional to leave,” he told Manchester City’s website. “Linking up with New York City and Ronny (Deila) is a brilliant opportunity and I’m really looking forward to working in the MLS.” Read Also:City declare highest revenue in 2018-19 annual report, close gap on rivals United He will leave City with 18 months left on his contract, having signed a three-and-a-half-year deal in December 2017. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 35-year-old is to take up the assistant manager’s position at men’s team New York City of the MLS in the United States. His final match as Manchester City boss will be at home against WSL champions Arsenal on 2 February. Cushing, who said the decision to join Ronny Deila’s New York City was not “taken lightly”, has been the club’s only manager so far in the WSL era since they joined the top flight in 2014.Advertisement Loading… Manchester City boss, Nick Cushing, is to leave the Women’s Super League club after more than six years in charge.