Archive for the ‘Africans’ Category
A small group in Brooklyn sees the skyscrapers in Manhattan and think of the great pyramids of ancient Egypt.
Material objects have never been just symbols of the materialism of the secular city. They have always been the vehicles for religious discussion and moral solidarity.
Mano, a man of quiet demeanor, has an intense fire inside of him to change the world. He came all the way from Burkina Faso, Africa in 2005 to stoke his engine, and his song “Harlem” blazes.
The slavocrats won and the baptism of slaves ceased. For the first time, commercial values in Manhattan trumped faith and moral values.
The anti-slavery theologians often referred to slavery as “theft of humans” and a violation of the eighth of the Ten Commandments. But the slavocrats gained more elite supporters than did the theologians of freedom.
At the very beginning of Harlem’s life Africans were creating an African American identity rooted in faith and freedom.
Today, we visit Holy Fire Dynamic World International Church, a Ghanaian church that celebrates it joys in the indigenous African language of Akan. Since 1990, there is a new diaspora of Africans in the United States. More Africans have arrived voluntarily than came in chains prior to 1807, the year we outlawed international slave trafficking [...]
In the Highbridge area around 167th Street and Sheridan Avenue, we ran across many Mandinka, predominately Muslim people from West Africa. The Mandinka became famous around the world when Alex Haley wrote “Roots,” in which he traced his family back to a Kunta Kinte, the grandson of a holy man in a Mandinka village in [...]
Mousama came from Africa to the Bronx and became lost in the street hustle of the city. Then, he felt a terrible realization that he needed help. We have set to video “Here! Horrible! Me!,” Mousama’s simple but powerful prayer as translated by Chris Clayman from Wusulu (a language spoken in the country of Mali [...]
There are surprises around every corner of the NYC Religious Census. Many times, it is we journeyers who are surprised by the warm welcomes. We are unannounced visitors like long lost relatives that only today decided to visit. Yet, invariably, people are warm and friendly. Some people, of course, are not at the church on the [...]