The Black Gods of the Metropolis: African American Religion in the Great Migration

When Black migrants from the rural South and across the Caribbean met amidst the hustle and bustle of American cities, they transformed what it meant to be Black and religious in the United States. This talk will explore the new religious movements born in the Great Migrations, including Black Muslims, Black Jews, and Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement, and how these should change the way we think about African American religion.  

Matthew J. Cressler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
College of Charleston | cresslermj@cofc.edu
Author of Authentically Black and Truly Catholic (NYU 2017)


College of Charleston Addlestone Library – Room 227
205 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401