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Black Liberation Theology: a working definition

From Wikipedia:

"Black theology, or black liberation theology, refers to a theological perspective which originated among African-American seminarians and scholars, and in some black churches in the United States and later in other parts of the world. It contextualizes Christianity in an attempt to help those of African descent overcome oppression. It especially focuses on the injustices committed against African Americans and black South Africans during American segregation and apartheid, respectively. (continue reading here...)

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Another definition from The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology:

"As an academically informed enterprise, African American theology began in the late 1960s when African American scholars and progressive pastors sought to shape the religious nature and meaning of social transformation in the wake of the major successes of the civil rights movement. African American theology—which includes black theology and womanist theology—arose as a theological and religious response to injustice. It revolved around epistemologies, ontologies, and other ideas that were meant to speak theologically to the lived experience of African Americans."

 

 

Featured Books in Black Theology

Racism and Racial Reconciliation as viewed through the lens of two icons

Howard Washington Thurman, 1899-1981 (brief bio from Wikipedia

Books and Journal articles on Thurman linked to Luther Sem Library

Portrait of King

                                                                      Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929- 1968

                                                          brief bio from Wikipedia;  Books and journal

                                                                       articles on MLK  linked to Luther Sem Library

Black Theology Books at Luther Sem

Bibliographic Resources: journal articles, websites, databases

Websites: 

Online journals available from Luther Seminary:  Black Theology (full-text available except for current year)

Databases: Black Freedom Struggle in the US (a ProQuest database)