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

  • Jawanza Eric Clark
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


Clark argues that Albert Cleage Jr. offers an alternative theological methodology that is worthy of reexamination and engagement in Black theology. His central tenet that “nothing is more sacred than the liberation of black people” reflects a pragmatic theological method that is guided by the lived experiences of everyday Black people in America. In this way, it differs from academic Black theology, because it does not seek validation within the academy or conform to theology’s presumed universal imperative. Cleage’s approach is practical, malleable, and adaptable to the current situation of black people in America, making it as relevant now as ever.


Black People White Racism Black Church Black Experience Black Liberation 
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  • Jawanza Eric Clark
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  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesManhattan CollegeBronxUSA

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