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Black Natural Law

Vincent W. Lloyd


Black Natural Law offers a new way of understanding the African American political tradition. By telling the stories of Frederick Douglass, Anna Julia Cooper, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr., the book shows how appeals to a higher law, or God’s law, have long fueled black political engagement. Such appeals do not seek to implement divine directives on earth; rather, they pose a challenge to the wisdom of the world, and they mobilize communities for collective action. Black natural law is deeply democratic: While charismatic leaders may provide the occasion for reflection and mobil ... More

Keywords: political theory, natural law, African American studies, Martin Luther King Jr., Anna Julia Cooper, W. E. B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Clarence Thomas, black political thought, secularism

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199362189
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincent W. Lloyd, author
Assistant Professor of Religion, Syracuse University

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