Transgressive Leadership and Theo-ethical Texts of Black Protest Music

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Limited academic publications analysing the theologies and ethics of historic Black Freedom Struggles have resulted in minimal inclusion in broader theological and ethical canons. In this article I explore the role of music in Black Freedom Struggles, especially the historic Civil Rights Movement, to argue that such music was a transgressive tool that expanded leadership positions and produced new theo-ethical and socio-political texts. These organic oral texts were published through alternative methods, expanding activists’ theological and ethical beliefs about the social and political struggles in which they participated. Finally, I suggest that protest music in the contemporary Movement for Black Lives offers a view into the lived realities and commitments of participants as they continue the tradition of using music as a theo-ethical and socio-political tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-113
Number of pages23
JournalBlack Theology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 4 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies


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