Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child by Jawanza Eric Clark

By Jawanza Eric Clark

during this assortment, black spiritual students and pastors whose services variety from theology, ethics, and the psychology of faith, to preaching, non secular aesthetics, and spiritual schooling, speak about the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the assumption of the Black Madonna and baby.
Easter Sunday, 2017 will mark the fifty 12 months anniversary of Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s unveiling of a mural of the Black Madonna and baby in his church in Detroit, Michigan. This unveiling symbolized an intensive theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically release Black Christian Nationalism and motivated the Black strength move within the usa. yet fifty years later, what has been the lasting influence of this act of theological innovation? what's the legacy of Cleage’s emphasis at the literal blackness of Jesus? How has the assumption of a Black Madonna and baby expert notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ groups? How has Cleage’s theology prompted Christian schooling, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts circulate? The participants to this paintings talk about solutions to those and lots of extra questions.

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32. 19.  199. 20.  31. 21.  199. 22. See Jawanza Eric Clark, Indigenous Black Theology (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).  Kimathi Nelson It is important to understand the theology and philosophy of Albert Cleage as an evolutionary journey. It began long before the publishing of The black Messiah in 1968 and Black Christian Nationalism: New Directions for the Black Church in 1972. Unfortunately, it has become common for many scholars to limit his thought to the two books that he wrote in the span of five years.

But as times changed, his ministry had to adapt. Cleages made a transition from a strategy of revolution to one of evolution and sustainability. He created a ministry and a theology that engineered a process to use the church to move black people toward full humanity (KUA) and self-determination (Black Christian Nationalist Movement [BCN]). While it could be argued that the complex theology and rigid requirements of the PAOCC may have limited its appeal to a broader number of black people, it is equally possible that without these things the PAOCC might not exist at all.

The Science of KUA was designed to help black people to rediscover the real and authentic self that was made in the image and likeness of God so that they could act as full human beings. Cleage believed that upon recovering their full humanity, black people could struggle effectively to change conditions and become effective agents of divine will in the world. We were created out of the substance of God possessing an inner divinity, then conditioned by an evil world that taught us to hate ourselves because of the color of our skin and texture of our hair.

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