Earle Fisher on his new book and “The Black Messiah”

Rev. Earle Fisher, a frequent face in Memphis politics and religion, has written a new book on rhetoric and religious studies, examining Rev. Albert Cleage Jr. (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman) and his work that sought to “reconfigure the rules of the game ‘with regard to Christianity and the socio-political realities of blacks in Detroit and across the country.

The book, “Reverend Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Prophetic Tradition: A Reintroduction of the Black Messiah,” examines “The Black Messiah,” a book of sermons published by Cleage that he preached in his church, The Black Shrine Madonna, between 1967 and 1968, “at the heart of the Black Power Movement”.

Much of the book’s content was originally written as part of Fisher’s dissertation when he received a PhD in Philosophy and Communication in 2018 from the University of Memphis.

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