The Formation of Mission Theology for the African American Missionary in the 19th Century


  • Kent Shaw I


This article explores the formation of mission theology of early African-American missionaries. To understand this forming, one must slow down and observe polarizing discontents that affect all Americans in some measure. These observations in no way indicate that these assessments influence each person to the same degree. Africans who entered the American shores did not arrive by their own volition; they were subjugated by the European slave trade. Those arriving from the West Coast of Africa did not have expectations and anticipations as newcomers. The Black church in America was birthed as a persecuted church. Unfortunately, many American evangelicals do not view this state of American history, yet it is vital to rightly understand the context within which the Black church was formed.