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Standing on the Shoulders of Those Gone Before

  • Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)

Abstract

In the African American community we celebrate the achievements of our ancestors, their legacies, and how we are connected to their work with the phrase, “We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.” Like a sculpture that is slowly crafted together, piece by piece, so are the achievements and legacies of our memories, our pasts, of who and what we are. Without waxing philosophical, perhaps it is something of a universal truth to say that none of us can birth an idea alone, nor nurture a school of thought without the support of many others, and so the fact that we “stand on each other’s shoulders” is a representation of the ongoing-ness of the generations. Bible Witness in Black Churches reveals that Black folks have been about the business of spinning tales, stories, and sermons that relied upon the Bible in unique ways for a long time, and that Black Church intellectuals have long and varied traditions interpreting how the Bible ought to be used.

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Notes

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