This panel discussion will explore ways in which aspects of faith have sustained people of African descent from slavery to the current day. As we think about the fortitude that undergirds people of African descent oftentimes the role of spirituality goes unnoticed. Even when people think about the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there is often a failure to identify him as a pastor and preacher. This panel will examine three areas of Black spirituality that promote connection, empowerment, and sustaining faith for members of the African diaspora. Dr. Brenda Ingram-Wallace will address the psychological implications and emotional healing aspects of spirituals, hymns, and contemporary gospel music in terms of content and process. Rev. Dr. Quentin Wallace will share his research on the pastor as a prophet and the significance of the "preached word" in sustaining Black faith. Rev. Ibrahim Bangura will elaborate on the connections between worship in the African diaspora and the Black presence in the bible. This event will be held on April 7th as a part of the Empowering Albright Voices campus-wide event. It is designed to follow the theme of the Wholly Earth event around sustainability in African American culture. It will be conducted as a Zoom webinar using the technology that Rev. Bangura has used for the Racial Healing and Reconciliation forums. Participants will be invited to write their questions in the chat as the presentations are being made. A lively discussion between the panelist addressing these questions will occur at the end.
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