Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro Religious Cults of the Urban North

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Appendix A
SELECTED CASE MATERIALS

THESE examples of testimonies and case histories have been selected from the mass of data collected during the course of the study because they seem typical of the entire collection. Limitation of space due to war restrictions on the use of paper has made it necessary to eliminate all but a few representative samples.

H. C. is a young man, age about thirty. When he was considerably younger and had finished high school in Philadelphia he wanted to go to college. He had a hard time of it, what with sickness and financial difficulties. He was pretty far down in the dumps. He had been attending the Baptist church and was anxious to get help through the church, but there was no help forthcoming to relieve his mind. His sister-in-law was a member of Mt. Olive Holiness Church. All the time she talked to him about Mt. Sinai. He commenced going there. At first it was difficult for him,, but the elders assured him that if he persevered and had faith he would come through all right. He was very sincere and earnest about all this. He tried to have a vision. He had difficulty in speaking in tongues, but they taught him to say “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” very fast, and he kept doing that so much that one day he found himself automatically speaking in tongues and leaping and shouting and rejoicing. He thought Elder Jeffries was just the most wonderful person in the world. He had complete faith in her and in her wisdom. She was a woman of God. One day he had a frightful pain over his heart, just the kind of pain that previously had put him to bed for several weeks at a stretch. He told Elder Jeffries about it. She put her hand on him. Instantly the pain left him and he was completely healed. Since then H. C. received his college education, but in the meantime he lost his belief and zeal in the Mt. Sinai church.

Mrs. F.: “I am glad to speak a few words for Daddy Grace, and tell what he means to me. I was sick for many years; I was treated by different doctors, and they gave me all kinds of medicine in vain. So, in September 1933, Elder C. B. Williams came from Greenville, South Carolina, and opened a mission and held night services. He told us about the House of Prayer and Daddy Grace. He preached so many good things about Daddy Grace that he made me see the light that

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Introduction xvii
  • Author’s Note to the Paperback Edition xxiii
  • I - Negro Religious Cults in the Urban North 1
  • II - Mt. Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc 13
  • III - United House of Prayer for All People 22
  • IV - Church of God (Black Jews) 31
  • V - Moorish Science Temple of America 41
  • VI - Father Divine Peace Mission Movement 52
  • VII - Comparative Study 68
  • VIII - Why the Cults Attract 76
  • IX - The Cult as a Functional Institution 87
  • X - The Negro and His Religion 96
  • XI - Summary of Findings 107
  • Appendix A - Selected Case Materials 111
  • Bibliography 123
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