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FAITH OF OUR FATHERS: An Examination of the Spiritual Life of African and African-American People


FAITH OF OUR FATHERS: An Examination of the Spiritual Life of African and African-American People


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From the founding legends of Abyssinia’s royal house to the hidden “hush harbors” of black captives in the America’s southland, Mumia Abu-Jamal presents a moving portrayal of black faith over the span of 500 years.

In this book, his first work of history, the acclaimed essayist pens a probing panorama of the spiritual life of African people, who, dispensed from their motherland, molded a love of freedom into religious practice and resistance to racist tyranny.

“Mumia Abu Jamal has always embodied both political courage and moral commitment to his people and to all humanity. That deep spiritual vision is richly reflected in Faith of Our Fathers. For one who has been unjustly imprisoned for so many years to retain faith is remarkable enough in itself. But to produce such a work of stunning insight and thoughtful research, as Mumia has done, is truly inspiring.”

-Manning Marable
Professor of Public Affairs, Political Science and History, Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies

“Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Faith of Our Fathers captures black religion’s ambiguity and complexity. Well-researched and lucidly written, his insights rest on sound scholarly judgment...this book is a creative engagement by one who knows existentially what it means to search for freedom in chains.”

-From the Preface by James H. Cone
Briggs Distinguished Professor, Union Theological Seminary

“From his death row cell in Pennsylvania, Mumia Abu-Jamal bursts free here, showing the same stamina and wisdom of the ancestors of spirit he so movingly portrays in this new book. He and his book witness to spirit that matters – spirit surviving slavery and prison, spirit celebrating love and life, spirit still fighting for justice.”

-Mark L. Taylor
Professor of Theology & Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary

MUMIA ABU-JAMAL writes quite literally from “the Valley of the Shadow of Death” and has won awards and a vast readership for his gripping essays from prison. As he fights for his own freedom, Abu-Jamal writes passionately about the freedom struggles of millions throughout history. He is the author of the best-selling Live from Death Row, Death Blossoms, and All Things Censored.


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