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By Jawanza Eric Clark

during this assortment, black non secular students and pastors whose services diversity from theology, ethics, and the psychology of faith, to preaching, spiritual aesthetics, and non secular schooling, speak about the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the belief 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 a thorough theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically release Black Christian Nationalism and motivated the Black energy 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 expert notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ groups? How has Cleage’s theology stimulated Christian schooling, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts stream? The participants to this paintings speak about solutions to those and plenty of extra questions.

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If we can’t change the church to make it relevant to that struggle, then we are duty bound to fight it as just another human institution serving the power interests of the status quo. But don’t play the church so cheap. ”22 Cleage’s position was that the black church had been important in sustaining the black community through a time when it had nothing else to depend upon. The black church was a total institution trying to provide, in one way or another, everything the black community needed. It provided critical services that would have been left unmet.

For Young, Pan-Africanism, endorsed by Cleage and others, cannot be reduced to any one of its proponents. Through his explication of Mveng’s “anthropological impoverishment or wretchedness of the African person” and Mana’s “enfleshed word” and appropriation of the Isis/Osiris myth, Young argues the necessity for a variety of African diasporic theological perspectives in order for the black Messiah to truly function as a Pan-African symbol of liberation. And in Chap. 16, “The Quest for the Radical Black Jesus,” Anthony Reddie writes of the urgent need for a radical black Jesus from the perspective of black people in Great Britain who have suffered the deleterious effects of Imperial Mission Christianity.

17 NOTES 1.  176. 2.  170. 3. , “An Introduction to Black Christian Nationalism,” unpublished essay. 4.  70. 5.  Hood, Must God Remain Greek?  153. 6.  7. 7. J.  140. 8.  102–103. 9.  58. 10. Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge, ed.  82. 11.  52. 12.  85. 13.  16. 14.  45. 15.  30–31. 16.  31. 17.  161–162. 18.  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.

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