“Nothing Is More Sacred Than the Liberation of Black People:” Albert Cleage’s Method as Unfulfilled Theological Paradigm Shift in Black Theology

Clark, Jawanza Eric

I argue that Albert Cleage offers an alternative theological methodology that is worthy of reexamination and engagement in Black theology. His central tenet that “nothing is more sacred than the liberation of black people,” reflects a pragmatic theological method that is guided by the lived experiences of everyday Black people in America. In this way, it differs from academic Black theology, because it does not seek validation within the academy or conform to theology’s presumed universal imperative. Cleage’s approach is practical, malleable, and adaptable to the current situation of black people in America making it as relevant now as ever.


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August 17, 2022