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Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child

Editors: Clark, Jawanza Eric (Ed.)

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  • Focuses on a very recognizable but misunderstood topic in Black theology
  • Contributor list is made up of religious scholars and pastors whose expertise range from biblical interpretation, theology, and psychology of religion, to preaching, religious aesthetics, and religious education 
  • A timely discussion and reexamination of the legacy of the Abert B. Cleage Jr. and his unveiling of a mural of the Black Madonna and child
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 In this collection, black religious scholars and pastors whose expertise range from theology, ethics, and the psychology of religion, to preaching, religious aesthetics, and religious education, discuss the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the idea of the Black Madonna and child. 
Easter Sunday, 2017 will mark the fifty year anniversary of Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s unveiling of a mural of the Black Madonna and child in his church in Detroit, Michigan. This unveiling symbolized a radical theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically launch Black Christian Nationalism and influenced the Black Power movement in the United States. But fifty years later, what has been the lasting impact of this act of theological innovation?  What is the legacy of Cleage’s emphasis on the literal blackness of Jesus?  How has the idea of a Black Madonna and child informed notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ communities?  How has Cleage’s theology influenced Christian education, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts Movement? The contributors to this work discuss answers to these and many more questions.

About the authors

 Jawanza Eric Clark is Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Manhattan College, USA. His first book, Indigenous Black Theology, is a work of comparative and constructive theology that incorporates the indigenous African notion of ancestor in the development of a new Black theology for the church. 

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“The publication of this collection of 15 essays coincides with the 50th anniversary of Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s unveiling of the mural of the black Madonna and Child … . This collection of essays is vital for understanding not only Cleage’s theology and activism but also the history of contemporary Black theology in the United States. The collection fills a large void.” (Frederick L. Ware, Black Theology, Vol. 16 (1), December, 2017)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: Why a White Christ Continues to Be Racist: The Legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr.

    Pages 1-17

    Clark, Jawanza Eric

  • The Theological Journey of Albert B. Cleage Jr.: Reflections from Jaramogi’s Protégé and Successor

    Pages 21-38

    Nelson, D. Kimathi

  • Nothing Is More Sacred Than the Liberation of Black People: Albert Cleage’s Method as Unfulfilled Theological Paradigm Shift

    Pages 39-57

    Clark, Jawanza Eric

  • “We Needed Both of Them”: The Continuing Relevance of Rev. Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman’s) Radical Interpretations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in Scholarship and Black Protest Thought

    Pages 59-76

    Finley, Stephen C.

  • The Black Messiah and Black Suffering

    Pages 77-95

    Alexander, Torin Dru

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child
Editors
  • Jawanza Eric Clark
Series Title
Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54689-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54689-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54688-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 303
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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