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The Black Church and the Male Youth Crisis

Andrew Billingsley

in Mighty Like a River

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161793
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849512 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161793.003.0009
The Black Church and the Male Youth Crisis

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The problems faced and presented by black male youths were very much on the mind of the Rev. Thurmond Tiliman of the First African Baptist Church. A group of black youths in the large racially integrated Jenkins High School got into a fight in the cafeteria. The police confronted the 15 black youth that were charged in relation to this incident. By the time the students were readmitted to school, they had kept pace with their studies and had become convinced of the errors of their ways and had organized a lecture program, offering to serve as positive examples for other youth. Moreover, St. Paul C.M.E. Church also responded to the specific needs of male at-risk youths with a pioneering program that puts the boys directly under the church’s influence. The program succeeds by inserting the church into a context in which these youths’ behavior has received singular notoriety: the schools. Another church in Savannah that has long cooperated with an academic school for black children and youths is the Urban Christian Academy.

Keywords: black church; male youths; Rev. Thurmond Tiliman; Jenkins High School; St. Paul C.M.E. Church; Urban Christian Academy

Chapter.  3389 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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