Day Ten: February 14, on Black History Month

Day Ten: February 14, on Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I am recommending the following five texts on African Church History (“African Christianity”) and five texts on Caribbean Church History (“Caribbean Christianity”)

A. African Church History (“African Christianity”)

  1. “A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present” by Elizabeth Isichei
  2. “West African Christianity: The Religious Impact” by Lamin Sanneh
  3. “Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion” by Kwame Bediako
  4. “Christianity in Independent Africa” edited by Edward Fashole-Luke, Gray, Hastings, and Godwin Tasie
  5. “The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo” by Cecile Fromont

B. Caribbean Church History (“Caribbean Christianity”)

  1. “Christianity in the Caribbean: Essays on Church History” by Armando Lampe
  2. “Come Shouting to Zion: African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830” by Sylvia R. Frey and Betty Wood
  3. “The Catholic Church in Haiti: Political and Social Change” by Anne Greene
  4. “Troubling of the Waters” edited by Idris Hamid
  5. “With Eyes Wide Open” edited by David I. Mitchell

*** Every day is Black History Month.

Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.

Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.

#CelebratingBlackHistoryMonth

2020 Big Book Projects

2020 Big Book Projects:

I have three major big projects to finish this year:

  1. A book on Joseph Antenor Firmin (Routledge) I am editing with the great DrPaul Camy Mocombe: we have reviewed all the sixteen chapters with the exception of two chapters that were originally written in French. We’re currently translating them in English.
  2. An intellectual history on Haiti (University Press of Mississippi): the manuscript is completed; however, I have to put some final touch on it and incorporate a few suggestions from my reviewers.
  3. An intellectual biography on Jean Price-Mars (Vanderbilt University Press): I have to finish the last two chapters. They’re in draft forms at the moment.

*** Having just published a co-edited volume on Edwidge Danticat (“Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat,” Routledge 2019), I would love to write a single author-book about her work. I already wrote a proposal draft. It will be a book about the intersection of literature, death, and redemption in the works of Danticat.

Day Nine: February 13, on Black History Month

Day Nine: February 13, on Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I am recommending the following five texts on African American Church History:

  1. “The History of the Negro Church” by Carter G. Woodson
  2. “The Negro’s Church” by Benjamin Elijah Mays & Joseph William Nicholson
  3. “The Negro Church in America” by E. Franklin Frazier
  4. ” The Black Church in the African American Experience ” by C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya
  5. “Black Church Studies: An Introduction” by Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Juan Floyd-Thomas, Carol B. Duncan, Stephen C. Ray Jr., and Nancy Lynne Westfield

*** Every day is Black History Month.

Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.

Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.

#CelebratingBlackHistoryMonth

Day Eight: February 12, on Black History Month

Day Eight: February 12, on Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I am recommending the following five texts on African Religions in the African Diaspora:

  1. “The African Religions of Brazil: Toward a Sociology of the Interpretation of Civilizations” by Roger Bastide
  2. “The Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism in Haiti” by Leslie G. Desmangles
  3. “Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in a New World”
    by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
  4. “Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo” by Margarite Fernandez Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisi-Gebert
  5. “Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African DIaspora ” by Joseph M. Murphy

*** Every day is Black History Month.

Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.

Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.

#CelebratingBlackHistoryMonth

Day Seven: February 11, on Black History Month

Day Seven: February 11, on Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I am recommending the following five texts on African (Traditional) Religion:

  1. “African Traditional Religion: A Definition” by E. Bolaji Idowu
  2. “Introduction to African Religion” by John S. Mbiti
  3. Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief by E. Bolaji Idowu
  4. “African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life ” by Laurenti Magesa
  5. “African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society” edited by Jacob K. Olupona

*** Every day is Black History Month.

Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.

Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.

#CelebratingBlackHistoryMonth

Day Six: February 10, on Black History Month

Day Six: February 10, on Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I am recommending the following five texts on African American Religion:

  1. “The Black Church in African American Experience” by C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya
  2. “African American Religious Thought” edited by Cornell West and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
  3. “The Black Muslims in America” by C. Eric Lincoln
  4. “African-American Humanism: An Anthology” edited by Norm R. Allen, Jr.
  5. “The History of Black Catholics in the United States” by Cyprian Davis

*** Every day is Black History Month.

Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.

Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.

#CelebratingBlackHistoryMonth

Updated Bio: Dr. Celucien L. Joseph

Celucien L. Joseph is an interdisciplinary scholar, researcher, and educator with a liberative intent. He is an associate professor of English at Indian River State College. He holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and a PhD in Theology and Ethics from the University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa). His writings engage various fields of learning such as history, literature, anthropology, religion, race relations, and history of ideas. In particular, he is an intellectual historian,  a literary scholar, and Christian theologian whose research and teaching specialties include Haitian Intellectual History and Literature, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Religion and Race, Religion and Culture, Liberation Theology, Theological Ethics and Anthropology, Comparative History, Literature, and Culture of the African Diaspora, African American Intellectual History and Literature.  He is the author of numerous popular and academic books; his books have been published in English, Kreyol, and French. Some of his publications include Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat (2019), Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa (2018), Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (2018), Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (2018), Thinking in Public: Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development in Jacques Roumain (2017), etc.  His books From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013), and Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, and Freedom (2013) received Honorable Mention at The Pan African International 2014 Book Awards. Dr. Joseph is a board member of Haitian Studies Association, a member of the editorial board of Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, and a frequent reviewer of manuscripts for various publishers and academic journals. 

Dr. Joseph is a frequent conference speaker, both nationally and internationally, and has given over 50 invited/guest lectures in the past eight years. He is the founder of Hope for Today Outreach (HTO), a non-profit and faith-based organization that takes a holistic approach to sustainable development and human flourishing so we can empower the poor, the marginalized, and the economically-disadvantaged individuals and families in Haiti. HTO provides leadership training to inspire and empower both men and women and serves the Haitian population in the areas of literacy and education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and food, spiritual and theological formation, etc. In September 2019, he founded Hope Academy de Bois d’eau (HABD), a primary school that targets impoverished families in Port-Margot, Haiti.  The motto of HABD is: “Educating the next generation to become committed citizens, great leaders, and a catalyst of hope.” Dr. Joseph and his family live in Fort Pierce, Florida. 

“It is possible to be a good and critical scholar, a committed follower of Christ, and a transformational and engaged citizen.”– Dr. Celucien L. Joseph