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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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Solidarity in the African American Experience

Solidarity in the African American Experience

Churches and the Nation of Islam

(p.117) NINE Solidarity in the African American Experience
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter features African American pastors who work with Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam to address pressing social issues in the African American community, such as voting, prisons, drugs, mentoring, and businesses. The role of African American Christians in supporting the historic 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in which Baptists were the largest religious group, is also discussed. Within the African American community, says one pastor, “the issue is not the Nation of Islam versus Christianity but religion versus the lure of the streets. Our common concern has led our congregations to put aside differences in faith and to work together.” For these pastors, doctrinal differences are less important than their shared African American experience.

Keywords:   African American experience, Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam, Million Man March

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