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Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child

  • Jawanza Eric Clark

Benefits

  • 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

Book

Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s Theology and Politics

  3. Representations of the Black Madonna and Child, Christian Education, and Pastoral Care

  4. The Legacy of the Black Messiah in the African Diaspora

About this book

Introduction


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.

 

Keywords

Albert Cleage Black theology Black Madonna Black Messiah Africana theology Black Jesus Black Christ Black Christology Jesus psychology of religion theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Jawanza Eric Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Manhattan CollegeRiverdaleUSA

About the editors

 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. 

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
  • Series Abbreviated Title Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54689-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-54688-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71423-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-54689-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 303
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Liberation Theology
    Black Theology
    Christian Theology
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Reviews

“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)