History of Uses and Functions of the Bible in the Lives of African Americans

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Start Date: 
Wed, 01/01/1997
End Date: 
Mon, 12/31/2001

Vincent Wimbush of Union Theological Seminary, New York, examined the dynamics of interaction between African Americans and the Bible. The study engaged with all aspects of the African-American culture, not just the religious, beginning with the time when they first came into the New World. Wimbush assembled a team of scholars to examine the role the Bible played through various land mark events in the collective lives of the African-American community: through slavery, migrations, urban adjustments, the Civil Rights era and on into the late 20th century. The findings to the study were presented and critiqued in a national conference and eventually published in a book titled “African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures” (Continuum, 2000).