If it Wasn't for the Women--: Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community

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Orbis Books, 2001 - Religion - 253 pages
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These collected essays examine the roles of women in their churches and communities, the implication of those roles for African American culture, and the tensions and stereotypes that shape societal responses to these roles. Gilkes examines the ways black women and their experience shape the culture and consciousness of the black religious experience, and reflects on some of the crises and conflicts that attend this experience.

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Gilkes is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and the director of the African American Studies Program at Colby College in Maine. She is an ordained minister of the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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