African American Religions: An Introduction

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the religious practices, beliefs, and movements of African Americans from 17th century to present. Topics include, but not limited to, black religions in North America under slavery, black churches, black Muslims, Jews and conjuring traditions, the civil rights movement, and the relation of African American religion to literature and music. Readings will include Albert Raboteau, Michael Gomez, Evelyn Brooks-Higginbotham, Barbara Diane-Savage, Karen McCarthy Brown and others.