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By Jawanza Eric Clark

during this assortment, black spiritual students and pastors whose services variety from theology, ethics, and the psychology of faith, to preaching, non secular aesthetics, and spiritual schooling, speak about the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the assumption of the Black Madonna and baby.
Easter Sunday, 2017 will mark the fifty 12 months anniversary of Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s unveiling of a mural of the Black Madonna and baby in his church in Detroit, Michigan. This unveiling symbolized an intensive theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically release Black Christian Nationalism and prompted the Black strength circulate within the usa. yet fifty years later, what has been the lasting influence of this act of theological innovation? what's the legacy of Cleage’s emphasis at the literal blackness of Jesus? How has the belief of a Black Madonna and baby educated notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ groups? How has Cleage’s theology inspired Christian schooling, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts flow? The members to this paintings speak about solutions to those and lots of extra questions.

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In fact, he determined that which is ethical must be judged solely by the extent to which it contributes to the current liberation struggle of black people. “If it supports the Liberation Struggle of black people, then it is good. If it is in opposition to the Liberation Struggle of black people, then it is bad. If it supports the Liberation Struggle of black people, then it is moral. ”2 In launching Black Christian Nationalism, Cleage also established a radically pragmatic theological method, a method that makes our contemporary experience the ultimate judge by which we measure the truthfulness, effectiveness, and righteousness of our actions.

Over time, a comprehensive theology would emerge. He believed that academic black theology had no practicing community that could carry out this process. He felt that, for the most part, black churches remained imprisoned by the simple “bastardized” theology given to them on the plantation as a means of control. Cleage was convinced that black theology detached from a practicing community was stillborn. No matter how brilliant its insights, unless people were going to actually put them to work, they were irrelevant.

32. 19.  199. 20.  31. 21.  199. 22. See Jawanza Eric Clark, Indigenous Black Theology (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).  Kimathi Nelson It is important to understand the theology and philosophy of Albert Cleage as an evolutionary journey. It began long before the publishing of The black Messiah in 1968 and Black Christian Nationalism: New Directions for the Black Church in 1972. Unfortunately, it has become common for many scholars to limit his thought to the two books that he wrote in the span of five years.

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