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The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel

Gary Dorrien


The black social gospel is wrongly and strangely overlooked. “Black social gospel” is the category that best describes Martin Luther King, Jr., his chief mentors, his closest movement allies, and the entire tradition of black church social justice activism reaching back to the 1880s. This tradition of reformist theology and politics arose as a response to the challenges of the post-Reconstruction era. Its founders—notably William Simmons, Reverdy C. Ransom, Ida B. Wells, and Alexander Walters—responded to the abandonment of Reconstruction, the evisceration of Constitutional rights, an upsurge ... More

Keywords: Black social gospel, New Abolition, Social justice, Racial justice, Civil rights movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300205602
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300205602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Dorrien, author
Columbia University