Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America

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Day presents a striking portrayal of poverty, with all its related problems, among black women in this country unemployment, underemployment, isolation, and lack of assets such a car or home ownership. She turns to the black church as a potential agent of social change, indicating ways in which the black church can take up the equivalent of a Poor People s Campaign. She takes on the common stereotypes that castigate poor black women as morally problematic and dependent on the money of good tax-paying citizens, demonstrating their inaccuracy.

A specific concern Day addresses throughout is how to aid black women to develop assets that will prevent long-term poverty and allow them to thrive. In the words of Cornel West, This book is a pioneering and path-blazing work in Christian ethics that combines a sophisticated class-based notion of thriving with an asset-building approach of public policy for prophetic Christian praxis. Keri Day makes Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fanny Lou Hamer smile from the grave!

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Keri Day is an assistant professor of theological and social ethics and the director of Black Church Studies at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics, AAR, and Black Religious Scholars. This will be her first book although she has a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of African-American Theology, ed. Pinn & Cannon (forthcoming) and in Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Ethics from the Margins, ed. De La Torre & Floyd-Thomas (forthcoming from Westminster) and in Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Churches, and Theological Education, ed. Hopkins & Thomas (Cascade) as well as journal articles.

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"A fine introduction to its topic and provides a broad overview of its development in both Protestant and Catholic traditions." --The Mennonite

[The author approaches] her subject-matter with an admirable zeal, making a case on behalf of not only black females but of women of any ethnicity who find themselves on the outside looking-in. . . Dr. Day's fervent hope is that "By promoting socially-conscious capitalism among black businesses and capitalists, black churches can develop a theology of holistic prosperity that considers the thriving of all members within society." Sadly, that's apt to prove easier said than done in the face of an economic system all too comfortable with exploiting the human condition. --Kam Williams, aalbc.com

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