29th C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series, 2011 (video)

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Dr. Phillip Dunston, Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Clark Atlanta University, welcomes those in attendance and introduces Dr. Valerie Tate Everett at the 29th annual C. Eric Lincoln lecture series. The lecturer Lawrence Mamiya responds to Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr’s Huffington Post article “Is the Black Church Dead.” Dr. Mamiya talks about Dr. Glaude’s argument being a sweeping generalization that contains half-truths. He further predicts a bright future for the Black Church.

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00:00:07 Dr. Phillip Dunston welcomes those in attendance to the 29th annual C. Eric Lincoln lecture series. Acknowledges presence of the wife of C. Eric Lincoln Mrs. Lucile Lincoln and other Lincoln family members.

00:02:54 Clark Atlanta University chaplain Dr. Valerie Tate Everett gives invocation.

00:05:24 Unidentified man introduces the lecture speaker Lawrence Mamiya.

00:09:35 Dr. Mamiya greets those in attendance and introduces subject and outlines presentation.00:13:14 Gives threefold argument of professor Eddie Glaude Jr.’s for the Black church being dead. Claims Black churches have always been complicated spaces, with conservative and progressive elements within. African American communities are much more differentiated and Black churches are no longer at the center of their communities but one institution among many others.

00:14:51 Talks about how professor Glaude’s argument is a sweeping generalization that contain half-truths. Takes a few examples of Black mega churches and applies them to all churches.

00:16:19 Talks about how professor Glaude did not go out and into the field to visit Black churches and talk to laity and ministers.

00:18:15 Assesses the future of Black churches over the next decade concludes the future looks very bright. Gives two main factors supporting positive assessment. 1) The major demographic shift in the Black population namely the reverse migration of Black people to the south. 2) Deep structure of religious beliefs and practices among African Americans.

00:22:16 Video ends.


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