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PSRL 310 The Politics of the Black Church

Prerequisite: 3 credits of history, religion, political science or African-American studies at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor. (Second semester—odd years, as needed/3 credits) 

This course examines the political manifestation of the black church from slavery, as the “invisible institution,” to the “black megachurch” of the 21st century. We will look at the periods of American slavery, the Great Migration and the Civil Rights Movement and will cover themes such as black theology, the politics of gender, class conflict, black nationalism and community development.