American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice

Labyrinth Books Event with AAS Co-Sponsorship
November 30, 2016 6:00 PM
Labyrinth Books
Labyrinth Books Event with AAS Co-Sponsorship
November 30, 2016 6:00 PM
Labyrinth Books
A conversation about the new book by Princeton's Professor Albert Raboteau, the Henry Putnam Professor of Religion, Emeritus

Professor Albert Raboteau will be joined by two of his most distinguished colleagues in Religious and African American Studies, who share the investment and engagement in social justice that is also the subject of American Prophets.

In this compelling and provocative book, acclaimed religious scholar Albert Raboteau tells the remarkable stories of Abraham Joshua Heschel, A. J. Muste, Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fannie Lou Hamer—inspired individuals who succeeded in conveying their vision to the broader public through writing, speaking, demonstrating, and organizing. Raboteau traces how their paths crossed and their lives intertwined, creating a network of committed activists who significantly changed the attitudes of several generations of Americans about contentious political issues such as war, racism, and poverty. Raboteau examines the influences that shaped their ideas and the surprising connections that linked them together. He discusses their theological and ethical positions, and describes the rhetorical and strategic methods these exemplars of modern prophecy used to persuade their fellow citizens to share their commitment to social change.

Albert J. Raboteau is Professor of Religion Emeritus at Princeton University. His books include Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum SouthA Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African-American Religious History, and Canaan Land: A Religious History of African AmericansEddie Glaude is Professor of Religious and African American Studies at Princeton and the Chair of the Center for African American Studies. His books include Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and most recently Democracy in BlackJeffrey Stout is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He is the author of The Flight from Authority, Ethics after BabelDemocracy and Tradition, and Blessed Are the Organized:  Grassroots Democracy in America.

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  1. 'The Making of the Modern Black Diaspora' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Joshua Guild 35:17
  2. 'The Pulse of Black Life in the Long 19th Century' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Autumn Womack 30:42
  3. 'Rethinking Empire and Democracy' Reena N. Goldthree, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 44:49
  4. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
  5. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  6. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  7. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
  8. 'A Through Line for African American Studies' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Imani Perry 44:07
  9. 'Activism and Risk in the Face of Trump' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Asanni York, Destiny Crockett 43:02
  10. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  11. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08