The Black Church
This chapter, the first of three related chapters, chronicles the role of the black church within the context of Pan-Africanism. Long considered exclusively devoted to the fight for racial equality and justice in the U.S., the role of the black church in the Pan-African movement is emerging and is yet to be fully articulated. The evidence that Du Bois papers brings to light makes such a task timely. These original proceedings of all the six major Pan-African Congresses held from 1900 to 1945 show that the scope and mission of the black church, in particular, does indeed transcend the bounds of continental U.S. The reach of the black church, as measured not only in its spiritual and most importantly in its political leadership, extends to the movement toward re-uniting and uplifting people of African descent around the world.
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