One hundred sermons that display the victorious, although sometimes painful, historical and spiritual pilgrimage of black people in America.A groundbreaking anthology, Preaching with Sacred Fire is a unique and powerful work. It captures the stunning diversity of the cultural and historical legacy of African American preaching more than three hundred years in the making. Each sermon, as editors Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas reveal, is a work of art and a lesson in unmatched rhetoric. The journey through this anthology—which includes selections from Jarena Lee, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Gardner C. Taylor, Vashti McKenzie, and many others—offers a rare view of the unheralded role of the African American preacher in American history.
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The speech's inclusion in an anthology of sermons makes sense not only because Douglass had a close association with the Zion Methodist church as a teacher—some historians say he was a preacher—but also because social activism is deeply ingrained in the black sermonic tradition.Aug 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Preaching with Sacred Fire: A...
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