273D History of the Contemporary African-American Church
This is a detailed study of the African-American Church from the 1940s to the present. We will explore the rise of Gospel music, Civil Rights, Black Nationalism, ordination of women, urbanization, seminary education, youth violence, police violence, the election of Barack Obama, and a host of other issues. Since there is a dearth of research, students will depend primarily on classroom lectures. We will also examine the works of W. E. B. Dubois, Eric Lincoln, Lawrence H. Mamiya, John Hope Franklin, Albert Raboteau, and James Cone, who are pioneers in the study of the Black Church.