It shows the beginnings of organized religion in slave communities and how the Bible was a source of inspiration; the enslaved saw in their condition a parallel to the suffering and persecution that Jesus had endured. The author stresses that many of the victories of the 1950s and 60s attributed to the Civil Rights Movement resulted in part from the groundwork laid by church women's orgs during the 20s and 30s. However, Collier-Thomas has chosen to highlight a series of fragmented stories, rather than outlining a cohesive historical narrative. This approach enhances our understanding of how the church functioned as a political tool for black women. Nonetheless, Collier-Thomas raises several important themes about the role of women in the black church and American society, and her interpretations of interracial Christianity add a significant contribution to the literature.
From the earliest issue of each journal to between two and five years prior to the present. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Black church women created national organizations such as the National Association of Colored Women, the National League of Colored Republican Women, and the National Council of Negro Women. An important American story well told. More importantly, this book demonstrates how women maneuvered the contested boundaries of gender and race in order to attain power in the church and beyond.
Tagged with: Posted in: Articles by Published: January 22, 2015 Post navigation. She is the author of Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons and the editor with V. She has also published over fifty articles. She is the compiler and editor of A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories, Vols. She served as 1989-2001 inaugural director of the Center for African American History and Culture at Temple University. Through all the struggles, women have been the backbone of the black church, but they have not always been among the public leadership.
However, women often had to cope with sexism in black churches, as well as racism in mostly white denominations. It shows the beginnings of organized religion in slave communities and how the Bible was a source of inspiration; the enslaved saw in their condition a parallel to the suffering and persecution that Jesus had endured. She also examines how black women missionaries sacrificed their lives in service to their African sisters whose destiny they believed was tied to theirs. The author makes clear that while religion has been a guiding force in the lives of most African Americans, for black women it has been essential. Jesus, jobs, and justice are the threads that weave through two hundred years of black women's experiences in America. As co-creators of churches, women were a central factor in their development.
Jesus, Jobs, and Justice restores black women to their rightful place in American and black history and demonstrates their faith in themselves, their race, and their God. Collier-Thomas has received many commendations, book prizes, and awards for her scholarship. She also examines how black women missionaries sacrificed their lives in service to their African sisters whose destiny they believed was tied to theirs. They also promoted interracial and interdenominational movements. The struggle to gain leadership, whether in the pulpit or in the ability to govern the affairs of their own organizations, is a recurring theme throughout.
As co-creators of churches, women were a central factor in their development. It also reveals the hidden story of how issues of sex and sexuality have sometimes created tension and divisions within institutions. Black church women created national organizations such as the National Association of Colored Women, the National League of Colored Republican Women, and the National Council of Negro Women. Despite having common ground with black men and white women, the black woman's experience was unique. The church met spiritual and communal needs of the black community and the women within created organizations that fused evangelism with political and social reform.
She lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Bettye Collier-Thomas, Professor of History at Temple University, received her PhD in United States History from George Washington University in 1974. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. Prominent historical figures, including Jarena Lee, Nannie Burroughs, and Ella Baker figure into her narrative. As co-creators of churches, women were a central factor in their development.