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 the arts. We will read a range of primary and secondary texts. Readings will include Albert Raboteau, Michael Gomez, Evelyn Brooks-Higginbotham, Judith Weisenfeld, Cornel West and others.