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Pillars of Cloud and FireThe Politics of Exodus in African American Biblical Interpretation$
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Herbert Robinson Marbury

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479835966

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479835966.001.0001

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Cloud, Fire, and Beyond

(p.201) Conclusion
Pillars of Cloud and Fire

Herbert Robinson Marbury

NYU Press

This concluding chapter looks at the contemporary world and the ongoing deployment of exodus within a politics of freedom. Black political freedom as a primary goal recedes and becomes but one among many competing interests that mean fulfillment. Class, gender, sexuality, and theological commitments are among the many social forces that shape the vision of Canaan in the black religious imagination. Each competes with black political freedom as an end in interpreting the exodus story. The politics enacted to pursue each continue to arise in cloud and fire forms as best suited to achieve its ends. The chapter also recounts Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic march in Selma, Alabama in March 1965.

Keywords:   exodus, freedom, black political freedom, black religious imagination, Martin Luther King Jr., Selma

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