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ERIC Number: ED169580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Homiletics of the Traditional Black Church.
Niles, Lyndrey A.
Within the field of black rhetoric, preaching has a significant position. In the days of slavery, a sense of humor and religion allowed slaves to release suppressed emotions in ways that did not offend. The functions of the black church and its preaching include providing adult education, creating social roles, being a news medium, and offering a place to develop leadership. Black sermons are not written in manuscript form, tend to be based on the hereafter, begin by touching the deep emotions of the audience, often include an extended description or re-creation of a Bible story, and have an emotional climax that may be tearful or ecstatic. In addition, black preachers usually use contemporary black language, utilize cadence including occasional intonation or chants, receive responses from the audience during their preaching, and make the service a moving experience. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)