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Author Cressler, Matthew J., author.

Title Authentically Black and truly Catholic : the rise of Black Catholicism in the great migration / Matthew J. Cressler
Published New York : NYU Press, 2017
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Contents Migrants and missionaries: "foreign missions" on the south side of Chicago -- Becoming Catholic: education, evangelization, and conversion -- The living stations of the cross: Black Catholic difference in the Black metropolis -- Black Catholics and Black power: concerned Black Catholics and the struggle for self-determination -- Becoming Black Catholics: the Black Catholic movement and the rise of Black Catholicism
Summary Black Catholics are absent in most histories of U.S. Catholicism and African American religion. Drawn from a wide variety of sources, this book is a lived religious history of Black Catholics in Chicago that demonstrates how new characters and conclusions come to the fore when we move Black Catholics from the margins of our stories to their center. As the Great Migrations transformed the religious landscape of the urban North, Black migrants forged fraught relationships with white missionaries intent on converting entire neighborhoods. Tens of thousands of Black people became Catholic in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. When they did so, they embraced a ritual life and relationships that distinguished them from the evangelical churches proliferating around them. These rituals and relationships came under intense scrutiny by the late 1960s, however, when a growing group of Black Catholic activists sparked a revolution in U.S. Catholicism. Inspired by Black Power and Vatican II, they fought for the self-determination of Black parishes and the right to be both "authentically Black and truly Catholic." This was neither inevitable nor uncontroversial, however. Faced with strong opposition from fellow Black Catholics, activists became missionaries of a sort as they sought to convert coreligionists to a distinctively Black Catholicism. Rather than presume the unanimity of black consciousness, the ubiquity of Black activism, or the uniformity of Black religion, this book brings to light the lived complexity of being Black and Catholic in Chicago, one of the most significant Catholic communities in the country
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed September 11, 2017)
Subject Catholic Church -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
Catholic Church.
African American Catholics -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History
African American Catholics.
RELIGION / Christianity / Catholic
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
Illinois -- Chicago.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 147981542X