Through the lips of Black British Christians, we hear the stories and experiences first hand. Hostility, prejudice and cruelty were not uncommon, but there are also many glimpses of welcome and acceptance as they arrived in a foreign land.
Black people of African origin and descent have lived in Britain for man centuries. By the late eighteenth century an increasing number were active Christians. Long before Empire Windrush arrived in Tilbury in mid-1948, black Britons worked as doctors, ministers and political activities, as well as in non-professional roles.
They are little known and largely forgotten. Here they touchingly describe their lives, faith, work, families, hopes and ambitions, part of a rich and fascinating seam of British history that has been generally ignored. This intimate portrait will inform black Christians of their heritage, while helping white Christians to understand more about the diversity of Britain's cultural background.
These black voices testify to something miraculous. How could those who were enslaved and oppressed by a culture that had signed up to Christianity go on to embrace the Christian faith? These testimonies speak of the capacity of human nature for both vice and virtue. They bear witness to the amazing grace of God. Their voices have been kept silent for too long. On these pages their voices cry and sing, they pray and preach. The cadences are dignified, the register is noble and the tone is sombre yet full of hope. Here are true voices of the kingdom. Rt Revd James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool At last! An anthology mined from the rich heritage of black British Christian history. Black Voices is a great personal read and an invaluable resource for further study. I found it stimulating, challenging and informative. Every educator, preacher and churchgoer should own a copy. Revd Dr Kate Coleman, President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain I very much liked the book - terrific, in fact. I read it at a single sitting. It is engrossing, readable and an entirely new concept. Professor James Walvin, University of York; co-editor, Slavery and Abolition A very moving anthology of writings by people of African descent who have lived in Britain over the centuries. This book is timely as we all celebrate the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade and also consider afresh how Britain is to be a diverse but cohesive society in the twenty-first century. What David and Joel have done for black people in Britain needs also to be done for Asian and other communities. Who will take up the challenge? Rt Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester