Emancipation of the Church

Emancipation… what a joyous yet, very emotional time in the history of African Americans due to the horrific and terrifying realities they endured in the recent years of slavery. With the help of the Christian faith and some God-fearing Americans, came the shaping of the emancipation of the newly freed African Americans. Life was still very much different for the people in the south than it was in the northern states during that time period as they had much more racial backlash thrown at them due to the many plantation owners that were torn from all the guilt from all the evilness they put the former slaves through and also great amounts of stress due to lack of help they were just learning how to deal with no longer being allowed to “own” slaves (Wallace). With the new laws being in placed through out the country was the birth of the American Baptist Home Mission Society (A.B.H.M.S. is what I will be referring the society as), which was organized in 1832 and believed in the uplift of all classes and conditions of the people (Rev. J. A. Whitted, 1908, p. 18). A.B.H.M.S. influenced most of the religious development and improvement on behalf of the former slave’s behalf (1908, p. 18). In the 1870’s a new era was launch up north due to the innovative technology advancement, allowing African American men the opportunity that forever changed the whole experience of being from that culture. Men like Thomas Jennings, inventor of dry cleaning 1821; Elijah McCoy, inventor of lubricated train parts 1915; and John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of peanut butter 1895; all had the bragging rights of being a patented inventor. If you ask me, that is one major accomplishment and extremely impressive. Times for sure was far from easy for the African American race, but with their dying faith in our Heavenly Father and in our Savior Jesus Christ, the entire race never gave up the fight for their constitutional right of the newfound freedom. Even today, as sad and horrifying as it is, the hateful and ugly face of racism is still here in America. My hope is for it to forever be a thing of the past and be gone for good.


Rev. J. A. Whitted, D. (1908). The Church in the Southern Black Community. Raliegh, NC: Presses of Edwards & Broughton Printing Co. Retrieved from https://docsouth.unc.edu/church/whitted/whitted.html

Wallace, D. J. (n.d.). The Worldview Analysis.


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Psychology student at Liberty University. 2021 was my first year. I hope to become a recovery/addiction counselor in the near future.