Now in paperback, an extraordinary history of African American women, and their struggle for gender and racial equality in the church and society
Jesus, Jobs, and Justice
African American Women and Religion
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Bettye Collier-Thomas’s groundbreaking book, Jesus, Jobs, and Justice—now available for the first time in paperback—provides a remarkable account of the religious faith, social and political activism, and extraordinary resilience of black women during the centuries of American growth and change. As co-creators of churches, women were a central factor in their development and as Collier-Thomas skillfully shows black church women created national organizations such as the National Association of Colored Women, the National League of Colored Republican Women, and the National Council of Negro Women to fight for civil rights and combat discrimination.
While religion has been a guiding force in the lives of most African Americans, for black women it has been essential. Jesus, Jobs, and Justice restores black women to their rightful place in American and black history and demonstrates their faith in themselves, their race, and their God.
"Historians have long awaited this account of the intertwining church, missionary, and civil rights groups whose history comprises the organizational life of African American women, and they will be inspired, enlightened.... It is hard to think of a study that undertakes such a comprehensive account of women's organizations and their meaning for any other religious group. Scholars will long be pondering what they learn about the impact of African American women's religiosity on our national history from Jesus, Jobs, and Justice."
Bettye Collier-Thomas is Professor of History at Temple University. She is the author of Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons and co-editor of Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights–Black Power Movement.