Out of every reading we have had this semester, Harvey’s epilogue was one that I could relate to the most. I enjoyed his pop culture references and reading his analysis of what occurred with Jeremiah Wright situation. His explanation of the gospel of hope and religious anger was an attention getter. I had never heard the phrase “religious anger” but this chapter does a great job of explain what it means along with current relevant examples. Overall this chapter was amazing and it really resonated with me.
This chapter taught me a lot about the separation in the African American Muslim community during this time. WD Muhammad does a great job describing the views and beliefs of Fard Muhammad and his close relationship to Elijah Muhammad. I found it interesting how Fard Muhammad views white people and how he wanted to completely separate African Americans from and rename African Americans. While reading my book for the book report that was due back in October there was no mention of Fard Muhammad at all. This may be due to the fact that when Muhammad came to “power”, Malcolm X had already left the Nation. This is was previously stated in the prologue and Muhammad gained “power” after the assassination of Malcolm X.
I found this chapter very interesting because I learned a lot about Voodoo. This chapter made me check my ignorance on the topic. Due to my personal religious background, I was taught that Voodoo and Satanism were synonymous but after reading this chapter, I learned that that is not the case. Also while reading this, I continually thought about the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. More specifically the voodoo man who had a somewhat major roll in this movie. As I was reading, I tried to compare the movie. I attached a video of the Voodoo man’s song from the movie!
Reading about Rabbi Matthew and Black Judaism was very appealing to me. I found the information stated in the prologue interesting and helpful in my interpretation of this chapter. Rabbi Matthew’s views of Christianity shocked me however I understand where he is coming from. Black Judaism in Harlem peaked my interest because as a child I assumed that all African Americans were Christians. However after reading this chapter, I noticed that there is a lot of overlap between these two religions. After reading, I researched about the black jews and their history.
I found this chapter very interesting. Jesus on the main line increased my knowledge about the Great Migration which was a topic that I was not very familiar with. The Migration had a major influence on African American culture in areas such as music and religion. After reading this chapter, I was reminded of a scholarly journal that studied the Great Migration and how it influenced the spread of ebonics or better know as African American Vernacular English. Attached is a link to the journal! This journal explains how after the Great Migration, ebonics became varied across the country due to how spread out African American’s were.
Ms. Stewart offers an interesting insight to the role that abolitionist women played during the 1800’s. When she begins to discuss how the men would discredit her work, we can see how this affected her and how it somehow increased her passion. Something that caught my eye was that as she is talking about the men, she also discusses many powerful women that have been seen throughout history and in the Bible. She tells of their great works and how each of them had done different influential acts and she believes that she has also been as influential as these other women. This chapter required me to do more research about Maria Stewart. I discovered that she was also the first African American woman to lecture in public in the 1830’s!
I found this narrative very interesting. While reading this section, I continually thought about the book Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green and I began comparing the two. In Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, community leaders went to extreme lengths to fight integration. These leaders went as far as shutting down the public schools in the area and creating all white private schools to avoid integration anywhere in Prince Edward county. This portion of that book came to mind while I was reading the story of how one church pastor began working with a slave owner to preach the “gospel” to slaves. This pastor would tell slaves that the Devil was giving them the urge to run away and that remaining obedient and loyal to their owner would keep them in God’s graces. The ending of this narrative stood out to me as well. Reading about how slaves praying and/or calling out to God was prohibited but dancing and playing music was allowed and tolerated peaked my interests. I am strongly considering doing some outside research about this topic.
While reading “Address to the Negros in the State of New York” I noticed some similarities between this speech and the “I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. A commonality between both speeches is how Dr. King and Hammon express how saddened they are by the troubles their people have been through. Both speeches also advertise using nonviolent methods however the methods that Hammon and Dr. King mention differ in drastic ways. Hammon’s methods are peaceful but seem to not help slaves gain independence from their masters. Most of his methods involve actions like respecting obedience to masters and honestly and faithfulness towards the masters. In Dr. Kings speech, he encourages nonviolent protesting to fight racism, prejudice, and ask for equality in the workplace. These nonviolent methods that Dr. King mentions includes not retaliating to police brutality and violence from other citizens. Between these two speeches there are some similarities but, overall the contrasts seem to outweigh the similarities which could also be due to the difference in time period.
African Diaspora was an interesting excerpt to read and I learned a few things from this reading. There were times where I struggled to understand the concepts of certain parts of the reading. Sometimes I would have to go back over sections and analyze the text to make sure that I was grasping the ideas that the author was trying to express. One section that really stood out to me was the African Religious Traditions. I was both intrigued and confused by this particular section. Reading about the Portuguese-African children who were the very few Africans that were “converted” from Islam to Christianity was interesting. One thing that confused me was the time line of the next portion of this section. The author talks about the small success Portuguese missionaries had with converting West Africans during 1682. Then the author states that Christianity became widespread among Africans more so enslaved Africans around the nineteenth century. However I thought that the Atlantic slave trade began around the 1600’s so I did some research and found this website. It was a very detailed website that offered a lot of information about the Atlantic slave trade.