Register Today: “A History of Black Liberation Theology” (Eight-Week Course)

It’s our pleasure to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming eight-week history course titled “A History of Black Liberation Theology,” which will examine various streams of liberation-centered theological thought during the period spanning from slavery to the Civil Rights era. The course will be offered every Wednesday night, starting on February 7th and ending on March 28th. You need only register once via Eventbrite to enroll in the eight-week learning immersion. The cost is $60 per person. Please see the links below:

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More Information: “A History of Black Liberation Theology” will involve two hours of classroom instruction each Wednesday evening beginning on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and will be supplemented with online discussions. Note: your one-time registration will provide access to all eight nights of this learning event.

This course is being presented by Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, and will be taught by Dr. Rhone Fraser, who is a scholar, educator, independent writer and journalist. Dr. Fraser earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies at Temple University. His dissertation — a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson – was supervised by Pulitzer Prize winner and historian Dr. Heather Ann Thompson. He is an historical dramatist of five works, most recently, The Original Mrs. Garvey, and has published in the Third World Press, CLA Journal, Callaloo, and most recently the Caribbean Quarterly. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Fraser now resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan era.
All course materials will be provided by Plymouth UCC. The planned course syllabus includes:

Defining a Reformist Liberation Theology Tradition (18th Century)

  • Week 1: Examining writings by Richard Allen, Richard Newman, Maurice O. Jackson
  • Week 2: The beginning of Womanist Liberation Theology; the writings of Jarena Lee. The influence of the Haitian revolution on theology as remembered by Richard Allen and Pauline Hopkins

Revolutionary Liberation Theology (19th Century / Abolition Era)

  • Week 3: The Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner rebellions
  • Week 4: David Walker’s Appeal
  • Week 5: John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry
  • Week 6: Henry McNeal Turner & the narrative of Osborn P. Anderson

Liberation Theology and Garveyism (20th Century / Jim Crow Era)

  • Week 7: Examining “The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey,” his battle with U.S. Zionism, and theological ideas found in his 1937 “Message to the People”

The Cuban Revolution (Mid-20th Century)

  • Week 8: The influence of antebellum theology. A discussion of excerpts from “Fidel and Religion”.

The deadline to register for this course is Monday, February 5, 2018. The registration fee is $60 per person. Please feel free to download and share the flyer for this event ( We hope to see you there!


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