Examines religion’s place in the movement through the lenses of history, politics, and culture
Product Code: 8894
ISBN: 9780826502063
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Pages: 336
Published Date: 08/15/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $17.00

Black Lives Matter, like its predecessor movements, embodies flesh and blood through local organizing, national and global protests, hunger strikes, and numerous acts of civil disobedience. Chants like “All night! All day! We’re gonna fight for Freddie Gray!” and “No justice, no fear! Sandra Bland is marching here!” give voice simultaneously to the rage, truth, hope, and insurgency that sustain BLM. While BLM has generously welcomed a broad group of individuals whom religious institutions have historically resisted or rejected, contrary to general perceptions, religion neither has been absent nor excluded from the movement’s activities.

This volume has a simple, but far-reaching argument: religion is an important thread in BLM. To advance this claim, Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter examines religion’s place in the movement through the lenses of history, politics, and culture. While this collection is not exhaustive or comprehensive in its coverage of religion and BLM, it selectively anthologizes unique aspects of Black religious history, thought, and culture in relation to political struggle in the contemporary era. The chapters aim to document historical change in light of current trends and current events. The contributors analyze religion and BLM in a current historical moment fraught with aggressive, fascist, authoritarian tendencies and one shaped by profound ingenuity, creativity, and insightful perspectives on Black history and culture.

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Introduction, by Christopher Cameron and Phillip Luke Sinitiere

Section 1: Historical Foundations

"A Secular Civil Rights Movement? How Black Power and Black Catholics Help Us Rethink the Religion in Black Lives Matter" by Matthew Cressler
"Beyond De-Christianization: Rethinking the Religious Landscapes and Legacies of Black Power in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter" by Kerry Pimblott
"MOVE, Mourning, and Memory" by Richard Kent Evans
"Black Lives Matter and the New Materialism: Past Truths, Present Struggles, and Future Promises" by Carol Wayne White
"The Faith of the Future: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism" by Christopher Cameron

Section 2: Contemporary Connections

"Social Death, Excessive Movements, and the Matter of Blackness" by Joseph Winters
"'A Song that Speaks the Language of the Times': Muslim and Christian Homiletic Responses to #BlackLivesMatter and the Need for a Theology of Admonition" by Marjorie Corbman
"'Islam Is Black Lives Matter': The Role of Gender and Religion in Muslim Women's BLM Activism" by Iman AbdoulKarim
"The Need for a Bulletproof Black Man: Luke Cage and the Negotiation of Race, Gender, and Religion in Black Communities" by Alex Stucky
"The Sounds of Hope: Black Humanism, Deep Democracy, and Black Lives Matter" by Alexandra Hartmann
"Black Lives Matter and American Evangelicalism: Conflict and Consonance in History and Culture" by Phillip Luke Sinitiere

"Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter offers fresh perspectives on religious ideas and practices informing Black Lives Matter and contemporary politics, as well as posits novel understandings of race, religion, and politics in the United States in the twenty-first century." - Corey D. B. Walker, Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities, Wake Forest University
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