Making the Unseen Seen: Pedagogy and Aesthetics in African American Prophetic Preaching

Kenyatta R. Gilbert


This essay investigates the idea of African American prophetic preaching as a derivative of the message and agenda of the Hebrew prophet. The essay demonstrates how critical consideration of the relationships between basic criteria of biblical prophetic speech, pedagogy (communal praxis), and cultural aesthetics (artistic beauty and power of Black oral expression), reveals a composite picture of the nature and function of African American prophetic preaching, and makes evident the need for a roadmap to rehabilitate the prophetic voice in America's Black pulpits. The fundamental premise is that African American preaching can become more communally constructive and consequential for our times when the African American preacher reclaims in spoken Word the voice of the prophet that speaks justice, divine intentionality and hope.

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DOI: 10.15695/hmltc.v34i2.3378

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