[Black Church Culture in America and African Traditions]

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Dialogue, Nigerian Religious Scholars


Henry Mitchell

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Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

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circa 1972

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Dr. Henry Mitchell has a conversation about the connection between African traditions and the Black church in America. The conversation highlights the differences among White and Black preachers in the America and links the storytelling of Black preachers to African traditions.

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00:00:13 Audio begins with Henry Mitchell talking about Black church culture in the United States, and how that is rooted in African tradition. Also discusses the difference between White and Black preachers.

00:06:41 Henry Mitchell talks about imaginative preaching, as storytelling goes back to the traditional Black African culture before they heard of Jesus.

00:07:30 Unidentified man talks about his attendance at Black Christian worship service and the similarity to Bush religion and native air worship.

00:18:30 Unidentified man talks about a conference held in Washington D.C. in 1962.

00:27:28 Henry Mitchell talks about desire to see some traditional religion comparable to holiness religion in America.

00:40:45 Talks about the Black church is not a segregated church but is a Black culture church.

01:00:15 Audio cuts off.

01:00:31 Audio returns with Henry Mitchell talking about Black worship.

01:12:10 Audio ends.


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