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A look at the social and theological development of the Afro-Baptist faith over the course of three centuries shows how black Baptists in Alabama used faith to cope with hostility and repression. Join us as Wilson Fallin, Jr. shares highlights from his book “Uplifting the People: Black Baptists in Alabama” on Thursday, February 21st, at 12 noon. The ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held in the Alabama Power Auditorium at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Fallin explores the origins, churches, associations, conventions, and leaders of the Alabama Missionary Baptist State convention. He explains that a distinctive Afro-Baptist faith emerged as slaves in Alabama combined the African religious emphasis on spirit possession, soul-travel, and rebirth with the evangelical faith of Baptists. He reveals that black Baptist churches were far more than places of worship. They functioned as self-help institutions within black communities and served as gathering places for social clubs, benevolent organizations, and political meetings.
Wilson Fallin, Jr. is a Professor of History at the University of Montevallo and President of the Birmingham-Easonian Baptist Bible College. He is author of The African American Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1815-1963: A Shelter in the Storm.
This presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
For more information call (334) 353-4712.
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Updated: February 5, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435