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God and BlacknessRace, Gender, and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church$
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Andrea C. Abrams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814705230

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814705230.001.0001

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“Who I Am and Whose I Am”

“Who I Am and Whose I Am”

Race and Religion

(p.71) 3 “Who I Am and Whose I Am”
God and Blackness

Andrea C. Abrams

NYU Press

This chapter examines what the leaders of the First Afrikan Church taught the members about “who they were and whose they were,” with particular attention to the relationship between blackness and the Bible. In addition, it examines the contradictions between racial understandings of the self through an Afrocentric reading of the Bible and racial understandings of the self when considered in secular contexts. There is a significant shift in how blackness is defined and understood among the members when considered in everyday settings as compared to biblical contexts. In the secularized definitions of blackness, the church members' middle-class status becomes particularly salient.

Keywords:   First Afrikan Presbyterian Church, blackness, Bible, self, middle class, African American congregations

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