Free at Last?

Free at Last?

The Gospel in the African-American Experience

by Carl F. Ellis, Jr.

Free at Last?
  • Length: 285 pages
  • Published: December 20, 1995
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1687-3
  • Item Code: 1687
  • Case Quantity: 36
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"Free at last!"

It has been more than thirty years since Martin Luther King Jr. shouted those words to a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. His speech, "I Have a Dream," is now familiar, even famous. But has his dream been realized?

In Free at Last? Carl Ellis offers an in-depth assessment of the state of African-American freedom and dignity within American culture today. Updating and expanding his examination (previously published as Beyond Liberation) for a new generation of readers, Ellis stresses how important it is for African-Americans to know who they are and where they have been. So he begins by tracing the growth of Black consciousness from the days of slavery to the present, noting especially the contributions of King and Malcolm X. He also pays particular attention to traces of a "theological soul dynamic," an authentic manifestation of Christianity in Black culture, which runs through American history. It is this dynamic faith, says Ellis, that promises true freedom--the realization of King's dream--for African-Americans today.


1. Toward a Promised Land

Part I: A Primer
2. Picking Up the Pieces
3. "Oh, Freedom!"

Part II: "Reflecting Back"
4. Soul Dynamic
5. A Formative Phase
6. Two Streams
7. "De Lawd"
8. "A Shining Prince"
9. A Great Legacy

Part III: Roots and Fruits of Consciousness
10. A Little "White" Lie in the Name of Black Truth
11. "Busting Out"
12. "That Boy Sho' Can Preach!"
13. Cultural Seeding

Part IV: Toward a New Agenda
14. New Vistas
15. The Fields Are Black unto Harvest

Glossary of People, Events and Terms


Carl F. Ellis Jr.

Carl F. Ellis Jr. (DPhil, Oxford Graduate School) is Provost's Professor of Theology and Culture at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also academic dean of The Makazi Institute, which he cofounded to train the next generation of high-level cultural analysts, and he serves on numerous boards and as a consultant on cultural matters.

BY Carl F. Ellis Jr.

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