by Alphonso Saville America has a long and contentious history when it comes to black people praying in public.  In the brush harbor churches during the early days of the Black Church, black worshipers had to be wary of owners and overseers breaking up their meetings.  When North America’s first ordained black minister, the Rev. John Marrant, led a group of enslaved black people from the Jenkins’ Plantation in Combahee, South Carolina out to the woods to pray, Mrs. Jenkins,… Read more

by Scott Prather I think it’s been seventeen years since I stood for a national anthem or mumbled a pledge of allegiance. That was around the time I started reading theology and discovered that America was an empire whose “original sin” was but one chapter in a long story of violence toward nonwhite peoples that continues being written, through actual war and through the softer war for the American people’s lived acceptance of The Lie at the heart of the… Read more

Gaines, Steven Tramel. No Half Savior: Jarena Lee’s Autobiography as Prophetic Rhetoric. Carolinas Communication Annual. Vol. XXXIII, 2017 The tradition of prophetic rhetoric stretches back to ancient Hebrew literature, and James Darsey’s The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America provides a fresh foundation for the study of prophetic rhetoric in the United States of America. Darsey’s book focuses on white men, and more recent scholarly literature further expands our understanding of prophetic rhetoric. For example, Kerith Woodyard urges the tradition to consider… Read more

How can we protest without offending people? Here’s a few ways: Read more

I believe that healthcare is a God-given right. Read more

How can a nation that claims to be founded on religious freedoms, and that many calls a Christian nation, continue to condone the death penalty? Read more

by Derrick Holmes This first appeared at Are You Up Yet? Growing up in the Bronx, New York, I was raised for the majority of my formative years by my grandparents.  My grandfather (Lord, bless his soul) was a very stern and serious man. Both intelligent and compassionate, much of what I have learned about what it means to be a man, I take from him. But, despite this model of merit that I had the privilege of being parented… Read more

If we believe that black lives matter, we must also realize black feelings matter. Read more

From the Mountain Top and Beyond: Contemporary Meanings and Understandings of the Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., 50 Years Later The Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric is planning a Special Issue titled “From the Mountain Top and Beyond: Contemporary Meanings and Understandings of the Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., 50 Years Later. In this special issue, we seek essays not only grounded in the rhetoric of King but those that point to King’s legacy 50 years later after his… Read more

On September 9, 1868, the Atlanta Constitution published a portion of a speech that Henry McNeal Turner was to deliver on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives. In the speech, Turner was to advocate for the “eight hour bill” pending before the House.  In submitting the speech for publication, Turner noted that the speech itself was not completed and several of his strongest points “had not been made.” However when he learned that the House intended to vote… Read more

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