Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Great Migration

Lecture Description

Focusing on the Moorish Science Temple, Father Divine’s Peace Mission movement, congregations of Ethiopian Hebrews, and the Nation of Islam, the lecture explores how members promoted alternative understandings of black racial identity and collective history to the dominant narratives provided by mainstream black Protestant churches and in broader American society. Highlighting the experiences of average members in what Weisenfeld terms religio-racial movements, the talk explores the rich and complex religious systems that shaped members’ everyday lives and influenced black culture at large.


African American Religion

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