Seven leading African American academics participate in a discussion of the controversial statement of Princeton professor Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. that the Black Church is dead. In the conversation they cover the evolution of the Black Church from its roots in the slave experience to the form it takes today. Panelists look at positive and negative aspects of the church’s current state in its various manifestations. They address critical issues including class divisions, gender exclusion, and racial inequality in contemporary society. During the discussion a new vision is created and suggestions are proposed for making the Black Church more vital and meaningful as an agent of societal change. Besides Glaude, panelists include: Professor Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania; Professors Fredrick Harris and Josef Sorrett, Columbia University; Professor Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., New York Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Eboni K. Marshall, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem; Rev. Otis Moss III, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago.
Reviewed by Phyllis Wezeman