The Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR) is the oldest scholarly society dedicated to the study and production of knowledge about the broad diaspora of Black religion. The first meeting was in October, 1970, with the society's mission to "engage in research and discussion about the religious experiences of blacks and to promote the teaching of these experiences in colleges and universities." A constitution was adopted that gave purposes for the Society, these are: 1) To engage in scholarly research and discussion about the religious experience of Blacks; 2) To publish reports of its discussions and research; and 3) To encourage the teaching and discussion of the Black religious experience in the curricula of college or university departments of religion and theological seminaries. For more information on the collection as a whole, please visit the Society for the Study of Black Religion collection finding aid

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Submissions from 1985

[Liberating Motifs in Afro-American Religion and Literature by James Evans] (audio), James Evans, Houston Baker, and Jerome Long

[Continued-Gender and the Afro-American Religious Tradition] (audio), Cheryl Gilkes

[Continued-Gender and the Afro-American Religious Tradition] (audio), Cheryl Gilkes

[Gender and the Afro-American Religious Tradition] (audio), Cheryl Gilkes, C. L. Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson

[Black Evangelism by Henry Mitchell] (audio), Henry Mitchell

[The Thought and Techniques of Howard Thurman by Dr. Mozella Mitchell] (audio), Mozella Mitchell, Evans Crawford, and Charles H. Long

[Continued-The Thought and Techniques of Howard Thurman by Dr. Mozella Mitchell] (audio), Mozella Mitchell and Peter J. Paris

Submissions from 1984

[The Bible as Foundational for Future Meaning in the Black Religious Experience] (audio), Cain Felder

[Response to Cain Felder by Peter J. Paris] (audio), Peter J. Paris and Cheryl Townsend

[The Vocational Responsibility of the Black Church] (audio), Gayraud Wilmore

Submissions from 1983

[Black Theology] (audio)

[The Role of Gammon Theological Seminary] (audio)

[The Non-Violent Cross by Dean Lawrence E. Carter] (audio), Lawrence E. Carter

[Continued-The Use of the Bible in the Black Church in America by Rev. Dr. Kane H. Helder of Howard University Divinity School] (audio), Kane H. Helder

[The Use of the Bible in the Black Church in America by Rev. Dr. Kane H. Helder of Howard University Divinity School] (audio), Kane H. Helder

[The Theology of Enough and Black Theology] (audio), Major J. Jones, Jacqueline Grant, Charles Lee, and Major J. Jones

[Continued- Response to Social Teachings of the Black Church] (audio), Peter J. Paris

[Social Teachings of the Black Church] (audio), Peter J. Paris

[Response to Social Teachings of the Black Church] (audio), Peter J. Paris, Riggins Earl, and Charles Brown

[C. Shelby Rooks Presidential Address] (audio), C. Shelby Rooks and Charles H. Long

Submissions from 1982

[Method, Structure and Content for Contemporary Ethicists] (audio)

[A Review of Current Feminist Literature in Relation to Black Feminism and Black Oppression] (audio), Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown’s Critique of Black and Feminist Theological Responses to Patriarchy: Racial and Sexual Oppression (video), Kelly Brown, Cornell West, and Henry Mitchell

[Continued-The Generic Structure of Afro-American Theology by Dr. James Evans] (audio), James Evans and Cornel West

[The Generic Structure of Afro-American Theology by Dr. James Evans] (audio), James Evans and Cornel West

[Continued-The Generic Structure of Afro-American Theology by Dr. James Evans and Book Review: Cornel West and Charles Long] (audio), James Evans, Cornel West, and Charles H. Long

[Book Review of “There is a River” by Vincent Harding] (audio), Charles Long and Cornel West

[Prophesy Deliverance Book Review: Cornel West and Charles Long] (audio), Cornel West and Charles Long

Submissions from 1981

[Conversation on Black Theology] (audio)

[Book Review Presentations] (audio), James Evans and Dean Westley Roberts

[Cosmocentric Cult and Black Religion by C. Eric Lincoln] (audio), C. Eric Lincoln

[Continued-Cosmocentric Cult and Black Religion by C. Eric Lincoln] (audio), C. Eric Lincoln, Charles Long, and C. Shelby Rooks

[Theological Discussion and African Culture] (audio), Charles Long

The Task of Ethics for Black Ethicists, by Dr. Peter Paris (video), Peter Paris, William DeVeaux, Cornell West, and Henry Mitchell

[Address on the Society by Shelby Rooks] (audio), C. Shelby Rooks

[Discussion on Scholarly Work] (audio), Boykin Sanders

[Continued-Perspectives on the State of Black Religion in The United States and Christianity in Jamaica] (audio), James S. Tinney and Noel Erskine

[Perspectives on the State of Black Religion in The United States] (audio), James S. Tinney and Charles H. Long

Submissions from 1980

[Forces and Factors of Colonialism and Biblical Criticism] (audio)

Bob Bennett Lecture on Western Intellectual History and Black Presence in the Bible and Discussion of “Slave Religion the Invisible Institution in the Antebellum South” (video), Robert Bennett

Black Religion in America by Charles Long (video), James Cone and Charles Long

Noel Erskine and Black Liberation Theology and Book Reviews by Lynwood Walker, Lillian Webb, and James Washington (video), Noel Erskine, Lillian Webb, Lynwood Walker, and Jim Washington

[The State of the Society a Ten Year Reflection by Lawrence Jones] (audio), Lawrence Jones

[Society of the Study of Black Religion 10th Anniversary] (audio), Charles H. Long

Charles Long and Calvin Morris book Review of “Prophecy Deliverance” and “There is a River” (video), Charles Long and Calvin Morris

[C. Shelby Rooks Address on the State of Black Theological Education] (audio), C. Shelby Rooks

The Generic Structure of Afro-American Theology and Response by Cornell West and Book Review by Cornell West and Charles Long (video), Shelby Rooks, Cornell West, and Charles Long

Professor Robert Bennett’s Introduction (video), Boykin Sanders and Robert Bennett

Music in the Black Religious Experience and Rena Smart Book Review (video), R.M. Simmons and Rena Smart

Reflections on the History of the Society for the Study of Black Religion featuring Lawrence N. Jones (video), Gyraud Wilmore, Lawrence Jones, James Cone, and Charles Shelby Rooks

Submissions from 1979

The Role of Women in the History of the Black Church (video), Cecilia Bryant and Dr. Stokes

[Black Concerns in Theological Education] (audio), Lawrence Jones and Riggins Earl

Black Women in Black Religion: Biblical and Cultural Basis for Oppression (video), Ella Mitchell

[Black and Feminist Theology] (audio), Pauli Murray, Lillian Doe Webb, and John Cartwright

Black and Feminist Theology and the Christian Faith (video), Pauli Murray, Lillian Poe Webb, and John Cartright

The Bible in the Black Religious Experience by Boykin Sanders (video), Boykin Sanders, Thomas Hoyt, and Virgil Cruz

[Black Women and Ecclesiastical Concerns of the Black Church] (audio), Olivia Pearl Stokes

Submissions from 1978

[Discussion on Alex Haley’s Roots] (audio)

[Black Philosophy] (audio), Bill Jones and Cornel West

[Discussion with Bill Jones on Religion and Theological Reflections on Alex Haley’s Roots] (audio), Bill Jones and Cornel West

[Phenomenon of the New Testament World] (audio), Boykin Sanders

[Phenomenon of the New Testament World-Continued] (audio), Boykin Sanders

Submissions from 1977

[The Holy Spirit and Black Liberation] (audio)

[The Black Church: A Vehicle for Liberation and Social Change] (audio), Benjamin E. Mays, Charles Shelby Rooks, and James Cone

Submissions from 1974

[Black Women and Black Religion] (audio), Ella Mitchell