My Soul is A Witness: African-American Women's Spirituality

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Gloria Wade-Gayles
Beacon Press, 11.05.2002 - 384 Seiten
My Soul Is a Witness is a powerful collection of poetry, prose, reflections, prayer, and song celebrating spirituality in the lives of African-American women. Featuring a variety of voices including Johnetta B. Cole, Marsye Conde, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Akasha (Gloria) Hull, Toni Morrison, Iyanla Vanzant, and Alice Walker, this collection demonstrates the diverse ways that women connect with the Spirit. Exploring faiths ranging from Islam to Buddhism to Christianity, these writings illustrate the importance of religion and spirituality in the women of the African-American community. No matter how the Spirit expresses itself in these women's lives, their faith is experienced not just as individuals but also as an inheritance from the women in their community. This anthology will surely touch every sister of the Spirit.
 

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Witnessing
9
AfricanAmerican Womens Spirituality in Sacred Song Traditions
32
Fleda Mask Jackson essay
48
Becoming My Mothers Son
56
Three Womens Spiritual Bonding on Sapelo Island
71
Rosemarie and Vincent Hardingessay
87
Sandra Yvonne Govan essay
119
The Church of Aretha Margo V Perkins essay
128
DreadPathLockSpirit Akasha Gloria Hull essay
229
On Belonging as a Muslim Woman
253
The Gift of Hajj Daaiyah Taha essay
266
She Who Whispers Luisah Teish essay
279
From I Tituba Maryse Condé excerpt
295
A Black Womans Sermon on Healing through Touch
305
Your Inner Voice Susan L Taylor essay
335
From Sisters of the Yam Walking in the Spirit bell hooks essay
341

Sing Oh Barren One Bernice Johnson Reagon essay
137
Alice Walkerexcerpt
156
sisters AnnaMarie McCurdy poem
201
Contributors
351
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Gloria Wade-Gayles holds the Eminent Scholar's Chair at Spelman College and is a CASE master teacher for the state of Georgia. She is author of Rooted against the Wind: Personal Essays and No Crystal Stair: Visions of Race and Gender in Black Women's Fiction and editor of In Praise of Our Teachers, among others. She currently resides in Atlanta.

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