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Black History Through Blue Eyes

  • Date Submitted: 06/01/2010 07:12 PM
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Introduction
Dan Hill, Lawrence Hill, Halima Bashir, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Afua Cooper, Nikki Giovanni and many more; what in the world gives, James Seymour, a white male, the right to write a book on Black heritage?   This is not an invalid question; according to Dr. Seymour “I am not intending to project myself as an expert in the field of Black Studies…” (Seymour 3) From reading this book one easily sees that his perspective is more experiential or pragmatic than it is theoretical.   This is certainly a breath of fresh air to the conventional non-fiction literature that one may read in this day and age, often about many “theories” and conspiracies behind these “theories”.   We are living in a country where impractical projections often replace scientific and commonsense grounded ideas.   So does Seymour have the right to write about Black history?   Absolutely not, but he does have the privilege to write about the oppressed, targeted and often ignored people, as well their contributions   to this world that have more so often gone unrecognized and their gifts unrequited. The main topic of Dr. Seymour’s narrative is to shed light on the Africans’ necessary involvement in the development of Christianity and how the continent of Africa overwhelmingly impacted the development of the Christian Church in America and throughout the world.
Point-of-view
Black History through Blue Eyes is given from the point of view from the renowned Dr. James Seymour. He is the Executive Director of Accumulated Resources of Kindred Spirits, a nonprofit organization in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an ordained ministered and has ministerial projects in the United States and Third World countries. Seymour and his spouse have spent over 25 years as missionaries. He is also head of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC.   He has been involved in cross cultural and interracial service and is very committed to the racial healing of the...

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