By Amos Yong
In 2006, the modern American Pentecostal stream celebrated its one centesimal birthday. Over that point, its African American zone has been markedly influential, not just vis-?-vis different branches of Pentecostalism but additionally through the Christian church. Black Christians were integrally concerned with each element of the Pentecostal flow considering the fact that its inception and feature made major contributions to its founding in addition to the evolution of Pentecostal/charismatic sorts of worship, preaching, song, engagement of social concerns, and theology. but regardless of its being one of many quickest growing to be segments of the Black Church, Afro-Pentecostalism has no longer acquired the type of serious awareness it deserves.Afro-Pentecostalism brings jointly fourteen interdisciplinary students to envision assorted features of the circulate, together with its early background, problems with gender, family with different black denominations, intersections with pop culture, and missionary actions, in addition to the movement’s unique theology. strengthened through editorial introductions to every part, the chapters examine the country of the circulation, chart its trajectories, talk about pertinent concerns, and count on destiny developments.Contributors: Estrelda Y. Alexander, Valerie C. Cooper, David D. Daniels III, Louis B. Gallien, Jr., Clarence E. Hardy III, Dale T. Irvin, Ogbu U. Kalu, Leonard Lovett, Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Cheryl J. Sanders, Craig Scandrett-Leatherman, William C. Turner, Jr., Frederick L. Ware, and Amos Yong
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On February 12, 1909, the Los Angeles Daily Times broke with tradition and issued a special eight-page section of the newspaper devoted to the story of the African American community in Los Angeles. It was a marvel of liberal The Azusa Street Missionâ•… |â•… 33 thinking in its day, but it revealed a basic uneasiness about the nature of the African American community. While many, if not all of the articles found in this section were by and about African Americans, it told only one side of the story.
It was a collection of community member success stories, woven together in the many tales that chronicled their move from rags to riches, and it was a story perpetuated by the editors of the African American newspaper, the California Eagle, as well. Issues between the African American community and the white community in Los Angeles were complicated not only by issues of race and a wide range of ethnicities but also by the presence of class struggles in both of these communities. Many of the earliest African Americans in Los Angeles were well established in the region whose fortunes grew as the community grew.
The Azusa Street Missionâ•… |â•… 41 This page intentionally left blank Navigating the Territory 3 Early Afro-Pentecostalism as a Movement within Black Civil Society Dav i d D. Dan ie l s III Introduction Just prior to the advent of Pentecostalism among African American Holiness Christians in 1906, the Black Church was a predominately Baptist and Methodist entity. Nearly all African American Christians were Protestant, and 96 percent were either Baptist or Methodist. 1 Within a generation, Afro-Pentecostalism would attract more than 500,000 adherents, becoming the largest religious family among black denominations after the Baptists (3,782,464) and Methodists (1,099,375) by 1936.