February is Black History Month, a perfect time to revisit these episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast.
Julius H. Bailey talks about his book, Down in the Valley: An Introduction to African American History. It’s a general overview of the black experience of religion in the United States.
Years before Reconstruction, African Americans began reconstructing their own past. Many of them combined patriotism, racial lineage, and Christian scripture to tell their stories, to remember who they were. To save themselves. Laurie Maffly-Kipp lays out the history here.
These episodes focus particularly on Mormon ideas about race, and the place of African Americans in Latter-day Saint history. Paul Reeve wrote Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness. Ardis Parshall specializes in 19th-century LDS history.
Anthea Butler talks about her book, Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World. The Church of God in Christ is a Pentecostal denomination that began around the turn of the twentieth century. Women have played crucial parts in the development and growth of the church, despite not being ordained.
Janan Graham-Russell visited the Maxwell Institute last year to talk about womanist theology—thinking about God from the perspective of black women. In this episode, she discusses race, identity, and theology.