Hooks Research Fellow Publishes New Book

The Rhetoric, Race, and Religion book series with Lexington Books recently announced the forthcoming publication of “The Reverend Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Prophetic Tradition: A Reintroduction of The Black Messiah” by Hooks Academic Research Fellow Dr. Earle J. Fisher. The book, with a publication date set for November 2021, considers how Albert Cleage Jr., in his groundbreaking book of sermons, The Black Messiah (1969), reconfigures the rules of the game as it relates to Christianity and the social-political realities of Black people in Detroit and across the country.

According to the publisher, Dr. Fisher “explores how and what The Black Messiah (1969) has contributed to the broader scope of Black Liberation Theology and Black religious rhetoric.” They suggest that “scholars of rhetoric, communication, religious studies, and African American history will find this book particularly useful.”

The Rhetoric, Race, and Religion series is edited by Hooks Scholar in Residence, Dr. Andre E. Johnson.