CH 634 Prophets of the Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement (1954-1968) has been hailed as the most effective social and spiritual movement in the history of the United States. Grounded within the Black Christian Experience and sustained by the Black Church, the Civil Rights Movement continued generations of fighting against social injustice, economic despair and political oppression.

This course will examine the Civil Rights Movement through the contributions of ten prophets who were committed to the pursuit of “liberty and justice for all” by speaking “truth to power.” Using theological reflection, the prophetic voices of Martin Luther King, Jr., Septima Poinsette Clark, Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, Ella Josephine Baker, James Arthur Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, Gardner Calvin Taylor, Dorothy Irene Height, Bayard Rustin and Anna Pauline Murray, will be revealed, analyzed and interpreted through their leadership in the fight against segregation, jim & jane crow and the sins of racism, prejudice and discrimination.

Further, we will explore the impact and influence of these prophets beyond the United States and beyond the 20th century movements such as #BringBackOurGirls, #BLM and others