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After viewing “This Far By Faith: Episode 3: Guide My Feet” write a short paper contrasting the challenges that Cecil Williams and Thomas Dorsey faced in their ministries.
Answer the following questions:
(1) What was the most serious problem that each encountered?
(2) How did they persevere and overcome the problem?
(3) In conclusion, can you draw any parallels from their situations? How were their trials similar? What did both rely on to get them through their most difficult times?
For almost three hundred years African-Americans experienced slavery, oppression and adversity in the US. While the north had its issues with race relations and blacks were far from first class citizens there, the recriminations and repression in the south after the end of Reconstruction had become unbearable for many. Even though religion offered solace and a refuge from the day to day hardships of life in the south, many African Americans wanted a better life for themselves and their children. They began a mass exodus from the south known as the Great Migration soon after the turn of the century that did not end until the late 50s. This migration greatly affected African-American churches both south, north and in the western US. The migration led to new religious practices, ideas and opportunities. The big city offered new pleasures and serious challenges not unlike what they left in the south. As in the past, the African American church stepped in to bridge the many social, political, economic and religious gaps that the new arrivals encountered in their new environment.
http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/about/episode_3.html You must use this video !!!
- Read Canaan Land, pp 82-103
- Read Sernett, pp 337-346, 365-375, 453-463
- Reverdy C. Ransom, “The Race Problem in a Christian State, 1906”
- Letters on the Second Exodus, “Dear Mary” and “My Dear Sister”
- Mattie Fisher and Mrs. Jessie Mapp, “Social Work at Olivet Baptist Church”
- Lacy Kirk Williams, “Effects of Urbanization on Religious Life”
- Marcus Garvey, “Garvey Tells His Own Story”
- View narrated power point “Plantation to Ghetto”
- LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Research the causes and effects of the Great Migration
- Compare the myriad of church choices available to southern migrants in northern and western cities
- LEARNING OUTCOMES