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Whither Transcendence? Framing the Contours of Transatlantic Black Unity in Contested Post-Racialized Times

Whither Transcendence? Framing the Contours of Transatlantic Black Unity in Contested Post-Racialized Times

Chapter:
(p.229) Whither Transcendence? Framing the Contours of Transatlantic Black Unity in Contested Post-Racialized Times
Source:
Contesting Post-Racialism
Author(s):
William Ackah
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.003.0014

This chapter compares and contrasts texts by Allan Boesak and Howard Thurman, key theological figures of the anti-apartheid and civil rights eras in South Africa and the United States, to determine what relevance their writings on quests for black unity on transnational lines, relations with whites, and a vision for a better society have for the contested post-racial environment of the twenty first century. It is argued that their insights still hold great value as the legacy of the conditions and treatment of black people that resulted in anti-apartheid and civil rights activism still lives on today and that their ideas need to be broadened and applied to other issues of social justice that impact blacks and other marginalized groups across the globe. Therefore, transatlantic unity needs to be concerned about gender, sexuality, disability, and poverty alongside the struggle for racial equality and empowerment.

Keywords:   Allan Boesak, Howard Thurman, post-racial theology, South Africa, United States

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