PODCAST | Reconstruction And Newfound Freedom With Dr. Cheryl Kirk - Duggan

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February is Black History Month, and to continue learning about the establishing, evolution, and culture of the Black church, we spoke with African American Christian leaders and educators to guide us through the history of the Black church and the critical purpose it serves as part of the full Kingdom.

These conversations cover some of the critical events in early US History all the way up to current events in an effort to help us appreciate the roots and establishment of The Black Church.

In today’s conversation, our Director of Special Initiatives & Operations and Executive Search Consultant, Chantel McHenry spoke with Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Professor of Religion at Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. They discuss the significant role of The Black Church all the way from 1900 through the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Kirk-Duggan shares how enslavement evolved into Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration, and voter suppression, as well as how white Christians contributed to these issues and their long-term effects on Black Americans and The Black Church.

At Vanderbloemen, we value constant improvement, and invite you to walk alongside us as we learn more about how to better love and serve the whole church. We hope you enjoy Chantel’s conversation with Dr Kirk-Duggan.

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