Soldiers of Uncommon Valor: The History of Salvationists of African Descent in the United States
This book covers the participation of people of African descent in the formastion of The Salvation Army in the United States from 1872 to 2005. It is a well written historial narrative of inspiring stories that frloms quickly from one ministry milestone to another. It concludes with a thought provoking and enthusiastic discussion on the future of African Americans in The Salvation Army.
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This is an excellent book detailing an often overlooked part of the Army's work in America. Maye effectively amplifies the roles African American's have played in the success of the Salvation Army, and how the Army fits into the historical complexity of race relations in America, sometimes admirably and sometimes regrettably. More research and writing should be done in this area, but Warren Maye should be lauded for getting the ball rolling!
“The quality of research and of writing makes for fascinating reading. Crafted is a well–informed text, integrating vital events in significant areas in the american experience and the related impact on being black and a Salvationist. i consider that to be crucial as one does not merely abandon, nor should they, their cultural history as they embrace the culture of a movement such as The Salvation army.”
—Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, former National Commander of The Salvation Army
“it was with great anticipation that i waited for Soldiers of Uncommon Valor; i was not disappointed. in fact, i was simply riveted once i began reading. The history of these soldiers has finally been unearthed. The struggles were chilling, but the victories were compelling and exhilarating. From James Jermy to Commissioner israel L. Gaither, the book clearly shows how God’s hand has guided these soldiers. i strongly urge anyone with interest in The Salva- tion army to read this book. Thank you, Major norma T. roberts, Major allan Wiltshire, Daniel n. Diakanwa for the vision; and thank you, Warren L. Maye, for complet- ing the vision.”
—Kenneth Burton, O.F. Harlem Temple Corps Bandmaster