Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

Epilogue

Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

Epilogue

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This special issue began with two individual proposals from two independent scholars at two ends of the Mississippi River. With its vision, The Journal of Negro Education (JNE) decided to form a partnership between two scholars who developed proposals for this special issue. Immediately there was a mutual respect for one another and a shared vision for examining reUgion, spirituality, and Black educational outcomes. We believe that our pairing has provided a fruitful examination of this area and are grateful to find space with the JNE. Our individual experiences, training, and scholarship have given the necessary balance for this guest co-editorship.

The overarching goal for this special issue was that the scholarship reflects a diversity of ideas and scholars within and around the Black church. Partially guided by those who are at the heart of this discourse, we posed the question to our collective vision: Is it possible that the Black church has evolved to the point where its traditions can no longer address the educational needs of Black folk or are we just not clearly seeing its reach for social justice?

Within the pieces provided are included a sample of the tradition created by the Black church in education - emergence of leaders, the church as a collective agent, the power of participation, development of self, and a commitment to social justice. HopefuUy, as you read through this special issue you were reminded or introduced to the words of Howard Thurman, reminded or introduced to the potential pervasiveness of sphituality, and reminded or introduced to the role the Black church can serve to impact educational outcomes. …

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