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Cleage’s Shrine of the black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church (PAOCC) is today one of the very few surviving organizations that arose out of the black consciousness era. It exists today, and has a future tomorrow because of the evolving theological tradition established by its founder. : REFLECTIONS... 23 underserved problems confronting black people continues to serve as the foundational value and defining characteristic of our ministry today. Albert Buford Cleage Jr. was an organic intellectual and original thinker, developing his views over time as he sought solutions to the problems faced by black people in the Detroit of his youth, and later, in the other cities in which he resided and offered leadership to the black community.
Cleage’s church became the unofficial spiritual home of the progressive and revolutionary types. Even people who would never set foot in a traditional church service found Cleage’s preaching something with which they could agree. Hearing of the strange new gospel emanating from Cleage’s pulpit, many intellectuals and scholars beat a path to the church’s door. Among them was a young professor from Arkansas who was teaching at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, 70 miles from Detroit. 6 That April, Cleage unveiled the famous chancel mural of the black Madonna and Child creating a national hysteria.
INTRODUCTION: WHY A WHITE CHRIST CONTINUES TO BE RACIST... 17 NOTES 1. 176. 2. 170. 3. , “An Introduction to Black Christian Nationalism,” unpublished essay. 4. 70. 5. Hood, Must God Remain Greek? 153. 6. 7. 7. J. 140. 8. 102–103. 9. 58. 10. Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge, ed. 82. 11. 52. 12. 85. 13. 16. 14. 45. 15. 30–31. 16. 31. 17. 161–162. 18. 32. 19. 199. 20. 31. 21. 199. 22. See Jawanza Eric Clark, Indigenous Black Theology (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Kimathi Nelson It is important to understand the theology and philosophy of Albert Cleage as an evolutionary journey.