Black history month is regarded by many as an ironic designation for the month of February. While the history of African Americans including their stories, accomplishments, and contributions are worthy of celebration, the existence of the month reminds us of the segregated historical accounts our societies operate under. When the American history timelines touted by academic institutions around the United States lack the inclusion of the minority figures, they fail to authentically tell the American story. Therefore, Black History month [originally a week] as envisioned by its founder Carter G. Woodson, is an opportunity for all people to reintroduce or introduce themselves to the true “record of what their forebears have accomplished” and avoid losing “the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” In this spirit we at the Kingdom Diversity Initiative at SEBTS present to you a list of our top resources representing the African American faith tradition.
Liberation and Reconciliation: A Black Theology – J. Deotis Roberts
Plain Theology for Plain People – Charles Octavius Boothe
African American Theology: An Introduction – Frederick L. Ware
A Black Political Theology – J. Deotis Roberts
We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic Theology (2nd Edition) – James H. Evans, Jr.
Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance – Reggie L. Williams
Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation – Cain Hope Felder
The Cross and the Lynching Tree – James H. Cone
The Half Has Never Been Told – Baptist, Edward. E.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson
Narrative of Sojourner Truth – Olive Gilbert & Sojourner Truth
The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X & Alex Haley
Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans – Albert J. Raboteau
Race and The Church
Divided by Faith – Emerson, M., & Smith, C.
Free at Last: The Gospel in the Black American Experience – Carl F. Ellis, Jr.
Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition – Derek S. Hicks
Race Matters – Cornel West
Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South – Albert J. Raboteau
Other Black Literary Works
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tatum
The Souls of Black Folk – Dubois, W.
Why We Can’t Wait – Martin Luther King Jr.
The Mis-Education of the Negro – Carter G. Woodson
The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
Native Son – Richard Wright