Religion News Service
| by Adelle M. Banks

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, was quoted in the article “From New York to Alabama, blacks worshipped in own spaces before slavery’s end” in Religion News Service Aug. 1. The article looks at the buildings and the religious practices used by blacks during and after slavery. “African Americans did not become Christian by default but they came out of slavery with a Christianity that was critical of the people who enslaved them,” Gilkes said in the article. “All you have to do is look at the spirituals to see where African Americans were connecting with the Bible in spite of the fact that you had white missionaries who had a truncated Bible that they were sharing with slaves because they didn’t want them to know about Moses,” she said.

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