“In our diverse communities, churches, organizations and political spaces . .. [Black] history . . . offers us a window into the meaning of America,” says Latimore. "We can appreciate the strength of a people who refused to be destroyed and who fought and loved their way into our nation’s story. What more American story can exist than this?”
Rooted in biblical teaching, these Americans found their unique voices. Their lives illustrated the truths of God and affected generations. The faith of Christians from the past—like Cyrus Bustill, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, and Duke Ellington—became the example which today has affected the lives of ones like Chance the Rapper and Kanye West.
"God builds His church from those of all nations, tongues, and backgrounds,” says Latimore, "and His people are richest when they listen and learn of His grace through this mosaic."
About the Author: Carey Latimore serves as associate professor of history and codirector of the African American studies program at Trinity University, and associate pastor of a local church. Frequently asked to serve as a commentator and consultant on current topics such as race, land ownership, political identity, and religion for local and state media and organizations, he also is the author of The Role of Southern Free Blacks during the Civil War Era. Dr. Latimore and his wife reside in San Antonio, Texas.
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