Have You Got Good Religion? Black Women’s Faith, Courage, and Moral Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement

Univ. of Illinois. Mar. 2024. 232p. ISBN 9780252087769. pap. $24.95. HIST
Mingo (ethics, culture, and moral leadership, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) debuts with a book that focuses on the lives of Black churchwomen activists during the civil rights era to the present. She bases her work around the concept that what these women were called upon to do was something bigger than them as individuals. Using oral histories conducted with women from Atlanta to Harlem, the book presents historical narratives of many women in a beautifully written style that makes this book a pleasure to read and learn from. Mingo lived in the communities of many of her subjects as she conducted her interviews and did her research. That sense of community shows in both her words and in her subjects’ quotes.
VERDICT From the life of Prathia Hall, an activist theologian who inspired Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to the story of Bree Newsome Bass, who climbed a flagpole to remove the Confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse in 2015, less than two weeks after the murder of nine people in Charleston’s A.M.E. Church, this book delivers a powerful, passionate, and educational reading experience.
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