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Christianity What do people look for in religion? Do they look for guidance, beliefs, reason, or do they look for help? African-Americans have looked for all of these for many years. They found all of these in Christianity. Christians believe in one God who they worship, trust, and look up to. Since Christianity was first introduced in the early Colonial Period, African-Americans have used their Christian beliefs to fight horrible things that have gone on in America such as slavery and segregation. As African-Americans were captured through the slave trade and brought to the colonies they possessed many different religious beliefs. Many people are extremely ignorant in history and believe that all African-Americans were once united together as a whole in Africa. This was not nearly the case. Africa was made up of many different states with many different people and with many different beliefs. These people were dark skinned, but aren't all white people light skinned. The white man has never agreed on one main language. As the African-Americans were brought to the colonies from Africa, they used Christianity to help bring them together. Some people use song and dance to express their Christian beliefs. The slaves started all this. African-American slaves used songs, dances, and often stories to show their feelings about God. These stories were called trickster stories. As African-American slaves became more involved in the Christian faith it gave them something to live and fight for. Instead of doing labor for their white owners, they did their work for themselves and most importantly, they did it for God. Slaves were treated as animals. They were forced to work in the fields, in ... ... middle of paper ... ..., God can defeat the evils that happened during slavery and segregation. King fought long and hard against segregation while spreading God's word and finally won a battle. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was put into Congress and passed. This was a huge step for the African-American community. This act gave blacks the self-esteem and the equal rights that they had been waiting for. Even though this does not end hatred in America, it definitely puts a serious dent in it. Martin Luther King, Jr. touched many people, including whites, through his powerful speeches. Christianity has done many different things for many different people. It reached out and grabbed blacks and gave them something to live and die for. There were many times when African-Americans did not understand the works of God. They found out that God truly does work in mysterious ways.
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