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The Defects of the Negro Church

The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 10

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Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,422 / 26 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.3
LoC Category: HT
Downloads: 1,886
Added to site: 2010.02.13
mnybks.net#: 26648
Origin: gutenberg.org
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preachers whose environments have not been other than those in the plantations, these are the men who are unfit to be the leaders of the people. When on account of their natural ability and gift of speech they are set aside as preachers, it only gives them a larger opportunity to demoralize themselves and those with whom they come into contact. It will always take men of the strongest moral fibre in any race to elevate those who live either in the slums of cities or in the cabin life of plantations, otherwise the gain to Christian missions will be in quantity rather than quality. Hence the need of specific training of the best kind in schools where students of the race will find healthy environments to inspire them to higher and nobler living. Hence the need of higher education for the race because it subjects the recipient to an atmosphere of healthy environments long enough to saturate his life. For his own interest the Negro preacher should do his utmost to improve the social condition of his people in cit

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