By 1899 most black Americans saw that the solution to the problem of racial issues could be found in Christianity but not the white version of it. They believed that the black race had a destiny in America. Centuries later as the experience of the church grew, black preachers found in the bible real answers to the black experience. Theologians fashioned a black theology that placed the presence of God with the poor, the oppressed, and the outcast–an echo to the slave’s experience of redemptive suffering (Raboteau 72; 75). Martin Luther King Jr. went so far as finding social justice and religion inseparable, allowing the church to be a headquarters for the fight against racism.
Well, we, whoever we are, must come to realize that African American history has become our history–12 months out of the year. We must learn it, embrace it, and find great pride that our grandfathers were and lived near some of the greatest humans who have ever existed. And, the church especially must find a way to integrate, such that the brilliance of the black and white churches remain. Christian love has nothing to say if it has nothing to say about our racial division. Our distance and perceptions of one another mock Jesus’ death. Well, after all, our world has changed. It is no longer black and white. And we have little time left to forge a unity where we can walk into the global future hand in hand. These years may be our last chance.