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The substance of things hoped for : a memoir of African-American faith

"Honored by universities, ministries, and institutions nationwide, called into service in the administration of two presidents, Samuel Proctor has established himself as a preeminent theologian, orator, and educator in this country. In The Substance of Things Hoped For, he takes us on a personal journey that begins with his grandparents' slavery and ends with his vision of a full fruition of the African-American experience, and a celebration of the tie that holds African Americans together: simple, tenacious faith. Proctor eloquently shows how this faith - which began with the emancipated slaves' enduring desire to be free - is present today. He believes that this faith in justice, and in a genuine community where every person is an equal participant, still runs deep. It is stronger than consistent prejudice, deceptive racial stereotypes, and destructive polarization." "Proctor pragmatically outlines his vision of the path that will take us toward genuine community. It is based on the principles of individual outreach and family rejuvenation. He believes the lives of lost youth can be salvaged best through efficient schooling. Proctor outlines a provocative yet sensible program - a National Youth Academy - to achieve his goal of turning the next generation around through school reform. To resolve the current crisis, he calls for the renewal of black churches at a national level, so the force of their impact can be felt. Most important, he issues a clarion call to all African Americans: "Genuine community is possible only if we accept that our destiny lies right here, with a new America in the making. The success that the middle-class black population has achieved has a direct relationship to hard work, personal pride, the pursuit of justice and equality, and deep faith in a future filled with meaning and purpose. Such success has been earned in the face of racism and contempt for black progress. And it has been earned because we believed in a future where we were full participants at the center of American life. The important thing is that we hold on to this rock of faith. By faith we know we can accomplish our goals with integrity. We will help America to redefine herself."" "The Substance of Things Hoped For is a book no home should be without. It is one man's positive prescription for today's society, delivered with warmth and conviction, and founded in a lifetime of faith and reflection."--Jacket
Print Book, English, ©1995
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, ©1995
xxiv, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780399140891, 0399140891
The crucible of faith
Come Sunday!
The turning of the worm
The new emancipation
The horizon of hope
Great expectations
America's moral parentheses
Racism: black and white
Can these bones live?
Beauty for ashes