By Dorrien, Gary J.; Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt
during this groundbreaking paintings, Gary Dorrien describes the early background of the black social gospel from its nineteenth-century founding to its shut organization within the 20th century with W. E. B. Du Bois. He deals a brand new standpoint on sleek Christianity and the civil rights period through delineating the culture of social justice theology and activism that ended in Martin Luther King Jr.
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The nationalist tradition, in particular, sometimes folded ugly denigrations of black humanity into its message of racial solidarity. Some social gospel preaching about family life caused particular harm to women in perpetuating stereotypes. Many social gospel ministers exhorted women to keep the churches going with no chance of becoming church leaders or public leaders of any kind. Whenever they preached about gay and lesbian sexuality, it was in condemnation. Sometimes they exaggerated the conservatism of their black church opponents, which undercut the very moral agency they sought to mobilize.
There are similar debates about Du Bois and double-consciousness, political theory, and social theory, on which West, Robert Gooding-Williams, Joel Williamson, Paul Gilroy, and Lawrie Balfour are especially helpful to me. Moreover, although I disagree with Adolph Reed Jr. about other things, I appreciate his emphasis that Du Bois cared above all about social justice politics opposing racial oppression. Any reading of Du Bois that depoliticizes him is not in his spirit. My emphasis in this book is decidedly sociopolitical, not just in the Du Bois sections.
The fourth group conceived the social gospel as a both/and enterprise, contending that Du Bois–style militancy and Washington-style realism were both indispensable to the civil rights movement that was needed. AME Zion bishop Alexander Walters, Baptist educator Nannie H. Burroughs, Howard University dean Kelly Miller, and Baptist minister Adam Clayton Powell Sr. were leading figures in this group. Others included sociologists Monroe Work and George Edmund Haynes, Methodist Episcopal minister William Henry Brooks, Baptist feminists Lucy Wilmot Smith and Sarah Willie Layten, Congregational ministers Henry Hugh Proctor and William N.