Race & Religion

Michigan’s Muslim voters mobilize to vote ‘uncommitted’ in Democratic primary

By Fiona André — February 26, 2024
(RNS) — For many, Tuesday's primary is a chance to show the impact of Muslim Americans' dissatisfaction with Biden's support for Israel and his refusal to advocate for a cease-fire in Gaza.
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‘Black Liturgies’ book offers prayers for Black-centered spiritual liberation

By Kathryn Post — February 16, 2024
(RNS) — Cole Arthur Riley on doubt, embodiment and writing a prayer book to a God she’s not convinced exists.

With George Floyd in mind, Bible co-editors created Breathe Life Bible

By Adelle M. Banks — February 13, 2024
(RNS) — After the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer, the co-editors of the new Bible say they felt compelled to do something.

For Black ‘nones’ who leave religion, what’s next?

By Kathryn Post — February 12, 2024
(RNS) — When Black Americans leave religion, they rarely leave it altogether. But even as they retain elements of Christian culture, what other communities are they embracing beyond the church?

In ‘Gospel’ docuseries, Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores Black church’s music, ministers

By Adelle M. Banks — February 9, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Gates reveals early tension within the genres as some musicians held to music only of faith and others were comfortable far afield from gospel music.

‘Genius: MLK/X’ docudrama depicts the personal lives of the two civil rights activists

By Adelle M. Banks — February 1, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The series includes scenes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, at home with their families and discussing their faith.

Historic sermon by Gina Stewart at joint Black Baptist meeting draws cheers, controversy

By Adelle M. Banks — January 30, 2024
(RNS) — After many in the room cheered her on and stood as she preached, the session featuring her sermon temporarily disappeared from the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc.’s Facebook page.

How the word ‘voodoo’ became a racial slur

By Danielle N. Boaz — January 24, 2024
(The Conversation) — Shows, movies and day-to-day language promote myths about voodoo that reinforce more than a century of stereotypes and discrimination, writes a scholar of Africana studies.

William Barber on recruiting low-wage voters, Biden’s record on poverty

By Kathryn Post — January 19, 2024
(RNS) — 'If you leave this many people in poverty and low wealth, you open up the door for demagogues and people who will use people’s fears and hurts against them,' said the Rev. William Barber.

MLK summit for Gaza highlighted historic ties between civil rights and Palestinian liberation

By Ben Norquist — January 17, 2024
CHICAGO (RNS) — Civil rights icon Jesse Jackson and his longtime friend and collaborator James Zogby helped convene the gathering of nearly 2,000 faith leaders over MLK weekend.

Dozens of Black churches receive total of $4 million for historic preservation

By Adelle M. Banks — January 15, 2024
(RNS) — This year’s grants, which range from $50,000 to $200,000, will allow congregations to address issues such as mold contamination, demolition, water filtration and deferred maintenance.

Dealing with racism in the Book of Mormon

By Jana Riess — January 12, 2024
(RNS) — The Book of Mormon could teach us some hard truths about racism if we're brave enough to listen, say co-authors Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming.

Blacks and Jews: Shame, pride and the Curse of Canaan

By Joshua Hammerman — January 11, 2024
(RNS) — We share the heritage of the Bible, which has been used to inspire and at times to subjugate both groups.
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