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A. Philip Randolph was a significant figure in the African American society. This was due to his vocal stand against the oppression, which was instigated against black workers and the black community as a whole. He grew up as the son of a Methodist minister in the Harlem district, New York City. He was a man who had a spiritual background and faith was a large part of his life. He was able to use the platform of religion for soliciting for support in the labour sector to ensure that the black workers in the country were subjected to humane working conditions and better pay for the work they executed in the industries.
His upbringing was instrumental in his spiritual growing in that, he accrued a sense of equality and did not give any emphasis to race or color of the skin of people in his surroundings.
The two individual in their writings bring forth the view that faith or religion in the African American culture is not limited to only religious activities, but is embedded in the everyday lives of the African American community. For instance, A. Philip Randolph had a strong religious background, which was a vital role in forming a strong character and ideals. This was paramount in enabling Randolph to solicit for support and unite the black community. Faith was used historically by the African American society as a platform for fighting an oppressive society (Williams, Juan & Dixie, 39).
The authors’ perspectives are express and explicit because they indicate of the historical injustices, which were propagated against the black community by the existent forces, which were mainly the white community. Hence, faith was used a means for seeking strength, comfort, courage and consolidating support from like-minded and vision individuals in the black community. Christianity is a central point in the discourses provided by Dixie and Williams despite the mention of other faiths or religions in the discourse, which have been assumed by part of the black community such as Islam (Williams, Juan & Dixie, 47).
Individuals such as Randolph did not give preference to such opinions in that they focused on the presence equality amongst all irrespective of race or skin color. This is faced by criticism since Christianity has been associated or labeled as a white man only religion given that majority of the white people are Christians. The information provided indicates that there is the existence of prejudice between the black and white communities as it relates to the religion of Christianity. It is assumed that the white community imposed the Christian faith on the black people in the curse of their oppressive activities such as practice of slavery (Marable and Leith, 53).
All faiths used by the black community have assumed a common bearing in that the black community uses faith as a means to fight the oppression, which was propagated against the black community. The information provided in this book opens up a new perspective in terms of the presence of diversity in faith amongst the black community. new faiths that have been assumed by the black community as a means of seeking comfort and strength against the oppression, which was in existence. The mentioned faiths include Judaism, the nation of Islam, Hinduism and the Moorish temple of science, which I never knew were assumed by the black community (Williams, Juan & Dixie, 67).
Conclusively, faith is a central part in the entire African American society as it provides the community with the much-needed platform for fighting the historical oppression. This is indicated in the strength exhibited by individuals such as Randolph who have been influential in the black community in terms of fighting the oppression which h plagued the black community since the historical times of the community in the united stats of America. It was a source of strength in that community relies on the unseen and ever existent sources of strength, God, to carry through and fight the oppression, which was in existence. Discrimination, oppression, segregation and other social prejudices have been instigated against the black people. Faith is a source of comfort and help to fight and put up with such oppressive conditions.
Williams, Juan and Dixie, Quinton. This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. Print.
Marable, Manning, and Leith Mullings. Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal : an African American Anthology. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. Print.