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Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration

Matthew J. Cressler


Black Catholics are absent in most histories of U.S. Catholicism and African American religion. Drawn from a wide variety of sources, this book is a lived religious history of Black Catholics in Chicago that demonstrates how new characters and conclusions come to the fore when we move Black Catholics from the margins of our stories to their center. As the Great Migrations transformed the religious landscape of the urban North, Black migrants forged fraught relationships with white missionaries intent on converting entire neighborhoods. Tens of thousands of Black people became Catholic in the 1 ... More

Keywords: African American religion, American Catholicism, American religion, Black Catholicism, Great Migrations, Black Power, Vatican II, Chicago, religion, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479841325
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479841325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew J. Cressler, author
College of Charleston