Rev. Edward Wilmot Blyden was born in the Virgin Islands, was ordained a Presbyterian minister, and became a leader in the Pan- Africanism movement. This paper argues that Rev. Blyden is an important figure within contemporary Black Church Studies because of his sui generis posture towards Islam, Pan-Africanism, and Black Nationalism. The felicitous Pan-African accolades attributed to Rev. Blyden by the Black Church are a result of his novel Afro-centric and inclusive interfaith hermeneutical posture and writings from the period of Reconstruction through the Progressive Era. Rev. Blyden’s acceptance of non-Christian faith traditions within a Pan-African context supported and, more importantly, advanced an Afro-centric narrative promulgating non-Christian religions as viable Black religious identity alternatives.
"The Father of Pan‐Africanism: Rev. Edward Wilmot Blyden,"
Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium: Vol. 11, Article 9.
Available at: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/jbcts/vol11/iss1/9