Bishop Charles H. Mason in the Age of Jim Crow
The Struggle for Religious and Moral Uplift
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of Pages: 316
Width: 16.1 cm
Height: 23 cm
Bishop Charles H. Mason in the Age of Jim Crow profiles the life and career of Charles Harrison Mason. Mason was the founder of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), which from its Memphis roots, grew into the most significant black Pentecostal denomination in the United States, with profound theological and political ramifications for poor and working-class black Memphians. Bishop Charles H. Mason in the Age of Jim Crow is grounded in the history of the Jim Crow era. The book traces the origins of COGIC in Memphis; it reveals just how Mason's new black Pentecostal denomination grew, gained social and political power, and earned a permanent place in Memphis's black religious pantheon. This book tells how a son of slaves transformed a rural migrant movement into an urban phenomenon, unusual religious demonstrations exemplified infrapolitical religious protests, how these rituals of resistance changed black lives, and helped strengthen and sustain blacks fighting for freedom in segregated Memphis. Mark the Perfect Man reveals why Charles H. Mason was an inherent pre-civil rights religious leader, who laid the groundwork for integrated churches.