For centuries, religion was used to justify a lot of bad in the United States. Slavery, genocide, segregation, you name it. But religion also served as a means of survival and liberation for some of the most marginalized groups in this country. In this piece, Sana Saeed explores how black Americans have relied on religion – especially Christianity and Islam – to survive and liberate themselves for over three centuries. And we ask: Does religion still have a role to play in the fight against white supremacy and systematic racism?
Learn more here:
Oxford Research Encyclopedias. “Religion in African American History.” http://americanhistory.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.001.0001/acrefore-9780199329175-e-24
Vox. “A Brief History of Islam in America.” https://www.vox.com/2015/12/22/10645956/islam-in-america
Pew Research Study. “Religious Landscape Study.” http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/racial-and-ethnic-composition/
Presented by: Sana Saeed
Written by: Sana Saeed and Kathryn Wheeler
Edited by: Michael Zipkin
Animations by: Joe Corea
Produced by: Sana Saeed and Kathryn Wheeler
Music tracks courtesy of APM.
Footage and images courtesy of Getty Images, Creative Commons, Evan Carter and Reel Clever Films.