MLK and Deep Rivers

The scholar of African-American religion, Albert Raboteau, became a favorite of mine when I was teaching at Florida State University. I happened on his book, A Fire in the Bones, and used it for my Christian Tradition class over six years. It was always a favorite consistently among the students.

Here’s an article of his on African American spirituals that I enjoyed when it appeared in 2011, and I post it in honor of MLK today (yes, a week early) along with an awesome rendition of Deep River by the amazing Bobby Womack:

In his classic meditation on the spirituals, Deep River, Howard Thurman, made a profound observation about the role of Christian slaves in the nation’s history. “By some amazing but vastly creative spiritual insight the slave undertook the redemption of a religion that the master had profaned in his midst.” Read more…

One comment on “MLK and Deep Rivers

  1. […] The scholar of African-American religion, Albert Raboteau, became a favorite of mine when I was teaching at Florida State University. I happened on his book, A Fire in the Bones, Source: Neal Obstat Theological Opining   […]

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