Teaching African American Religions as Learning to Resist Racism

Peter R. Gathje

in Teaching African American Religions

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167979
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784981 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

 Teaching African American Religions as Learning to Resist Racism

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This chapter discusses two strategies that have proven to be helpful in building trust and creating a transformative understanding of African American religions in relation to resistance to racism. The first strategy helps students to see diversity within African American religion (and thus also the African American experience) by providing methods for analysing arguments, persons, and events from the history of African American religions. The second strategy helps students see how their own experiences and perspectives on racism are related to racism in the United States. Used together, these strategies can empower students in their analysis of racism and the variety of ways African American religions have resisted racism. This, in turn, may help students to consider their own relationship to racism and their resistance to it.

Keywords: African American religion; resistance; racism; teaching

Chapter.  6719 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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