Heart and Head: Black Theology—Past, Present, and Future by Dwight N. Hopkins (auth.)

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Its class and gender composition provides a fertile basis for the development, construction, and implementation of a black theology of liberation, because African American women are usually at the bottom of American society and the black church is often located in the heart of the black community. Its Black Theology of Liberation and the Impact of Womanist Theology 35 vibrant and holy worship experience enables its members to renew their spiritual and emotional strength into forms of self-respect and “somebodyness,” vital ingredients for survival and protracted self-development.

Black people’s unique approach to sports, including a celebratory and in-your-face flair, has exhibited a declaration of “I am somebody” in a world controlled by others of a different class and color. The extended family, arguably another art form, provided a way of life of survival and maintenance but also became a place to groom and affirm the minds of the young who could possibly one day become another Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Martin King, or Malcolm X. Liberation culture is vital for a constructive black theology.

We coupled prayer, testimony, tears, laughter, or silence with embracing each other. T. activities included interviews with members’ mothers, grandmothers, and other mothers; investigations of black women Black Theology of Liberation and the Impact of Womanist Theology 47 leaders in different fields and in history; discussions on how to change and save the black family based on African family values; black clergywomen in the pulpit, revisioning inclusive liturgies, and seeing women’s roles in the Bible; “Back to the Kitchen Table” programs held on Saturday mornings in different homes; an intergenerational group, “It Takes an Entire Village to Raise a Child”; and “Loving and Care for Yourself” gatherings—concerning hysterectomy, breast cancer, divorce, new Christians, single mothers, exercising, and self-affirmation.

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