" Wright's most famous parishioner was the leading Democratic contender for the presidential nomination, Barack Obama. Obama seized the moment to deliver a profound meditation on race in America, a speech titled "A More Perfect Union." Tracing the deep historical roots of racial inequality and injustice, Obama put Wright's anger into historical context.
It is likely that the slaves who arrived in Jamestown had been baptized Catholic and had Christian names.
For the next 200 years, the slave trade exported slaves from Angola, Ghana, Senegal and other parts of West Africa to America's South.
Additional credits include Vietnam: A Television History, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Castro’s Challenge, The Kennedys, Nixon and Julia! In the fall of 2008, newspapers, talk shows and blogs exploded with news that the Rev.
Jeremiah Wright, the African American minister from Chicago's Trinity Church, had denounced the United States with inflammatory language: "God damn America! While many white voters seemed surprised, puzzled and shocked by Wright's angry rhetoric, African Americans were less so.
Eventually Obama broke with Wright and left Trinity, but his speech illuminated the role of the black church in the African American experience.
Standing apart from the dominant white society, yet engaged in a continuing dialogue with it, the church evolved with countless acts of faith and resistance, piety and protest. In its origins, the phrase was largely an academic category.
In the late 18th and early 19th century, thousands of Americans, black and white, enslaved and free, were swept up in the revival known as the Second Great Awakening.
In the South, the religious fervor of evangelical Christianity resonated easily with the emotive religious traditions brought from West Africa.
Marilyn Mellowes was principally responsible for the research and development of the series God in America and has served as its series producer.
She produced and wrote From Jesus to Christ, the First Christians, a four-hour FRONTLINE series that premiered in 1998.
Some white owners allowed the enslaved to worship in white churches, where they were segregated in the back of the building or in the balconies.