1. I am not sure I agree the juxtaposition that “we need to be taught to study rather than to believe”. We cannot comprehend that which we refuse to believe in or reluctant to accept as truth. Scientific discovery begins with a hypothesis until we can prove was is true or false. Christianity begins with faith until we know by experience that God is real. Either way, belief is a perquisite for truth. Read Isaiah 53:1 and Mark 9:23-24.

    Mother Septima P. Clark clearly valued education as the primary means for racial uplift and political empowerment; however, the soul of the movement must be rooted in faith (or belief). Without faith education no longer has a moral compass or mission, resulting in what Dr. Robert Franklin calls a “crisis in the village”.

    • Thank you for sharing Rev.! I appreciate your viewpoint as always. I had to edit the original thought to fit the editorial requirements so I hope that no one is confused by what I was implying. In jest, I would not suggest that study replaces belief whether it be in science or religion. But my thought pertains more so towards how Christianity may have been passed on to people of color (slaves in particular) with the caveat that God intended permanent servitude to be their lot in life due to the color of their skin, ie. the misnomer about The Curse of Ham. This could easily inspire passivism instead of activism. As it relates to science, one shouldn’t simply believe the inferiority argument laid out by individuals like Samuel George Morton who suggested that he could determine racial intellectual capacity by measuring ones’ skull. Had it not been for scholars like Cheikh Anta Diop who had a hunger to study and not simply believe scientific studies passed down to them we may still be struggling to come to terms with arguments of inferiority. So thank you for helping me to flesh that out. But I am still one who believes in the power of belief.

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