Black Religion and Black Nationalism from Slave Rebellions to Black Lives Matter

This will be my third time teaching my Black religion and Black nationalism course at the College of Charleston and I’m finally starting to get the hang of it. The course is designed to introduce students to the religious ideas and practices from across the African diaspora that gave rise to the political tradition now known as “Black nationalism.” While the tradition is often imagined to be secular (even anti-religious), this course explores the deep religious roots of Black struggles to create a new nation—from the foundations of Black religion and Black nationalism in the era of enslavement, rebellion, and emigration; to the rise of religio-racial nationalism in the Great Migrations and Black Power eras; to our contemporary Black Lives Matter movement. The course also examines the emergence of “religion” and “nationalism” as modern categories. So, without further adieu, here it is! RELS115 S19 Syllabus

This is what theology looks like!

 Rev. Osagyefo Sekou (center) and Rahiel Tesfamariam (right) march in Ferguson, MO