African American Museum in Boston

African American Museum in Boston
The Museum of Afro-American History in Boston, Massachusetts (2014)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Black Church Will Survive

THE INDOMITABLE RESILIENCE OF THE BLACK CHURCH

By Hettie V. Williams

The Black Church has always been the center of African American life and culture. Historically, it is an institution that has provided for the spiritual, economic, and social needs of the black community. In the era of enslavement, black Christianity emerged and like a balm in Gilead sorrow songs soothed the tattered souls who survived the diabolical Middle Passage. The terror that was recently visited upon nine African Americans in a South Carolina black Church has not the power to destroy the indomitable resilience of the Black Church.

Robert “Dynamite Bob” Chambliss who was responsible for several bombings in the city of Birmingham, including the killing of four little girls in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963, was not able to abolish the indomitable resilience of the Black Church.

The same strength that brought us through the Middle Passage will carry us through this moment. We cry, but we will survive. The same strength that brought us through Jim Crow will sustain us through this horror. The same strength that brought us through “Bombingham” will carry us through this current Civil Rights Movement that has come to be known as the #blacklivesmatter campaign.