Sermons from the Black Pulpit

Samuel D. Proctor, William D. Watley

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Synopsis: The best of biblical scholarship and theological reflection is combined in these sermons that speak eloquently about a question of vital importance to all Christians—what does it mean to be a person under God? The urgent need for interdependence of all people in order to fulfill God’s compassionate will for individuals, nations, and the world is the central theme underlying these 13 sermons. Interpreting the Scripture texts in light of contemporary concerns. Dr. Proctor and Dr. Watley consider the cultural, social, political, economic, and religious realities of our world as they are and as they should be if Christians are to take God’s Word seriously. They offer hope and direction for living in steadfast confidence as people of God. These sermons prepared by two distinguished men of the black Christian community are excellent resources for preachers of all denominations. They are timely, speak to the concerns of a troubled world, and express the hope for a renewal of compassion as well as a commitment to discipleship by all people.

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The late Reverend Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor was Pastor Emeritus of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. Dr. Proctor was President of Virginia Union University, Richmond and North Carolina A&T State University. He held administrative positions with the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Washington, D.C. and the National Council of Churches.

Dr. Proctor served on the governing boards of the United Negro College Fund, National Urban League and the Overseer’s Visiting Committee for the Divinity School at Harvard University. He was Pastor-In-Residence for the Institute for Child Advocacy at Children’s Defense Fund/Haley Farm. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from more than 50 colleges and universities. Dr. Proctor was a prolific writer and preacher, authoring We Have This Ministry, How Shall They Hear, and Sermons from the Black Pulpit, among many others.


The Reverend William D. Watley, Ph.D. is the Senior Pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church in Newark, where he has served since 1984. During his tenure, Dr. Watley has increased membership by more than 3,000 bringing the membership to 6,000 parishioners. He established St. James Social Services Corporation, which serves as the umbrella organization for various outreach programs such as the feeding program, which provides meals for 287,000 homeless people each year. The Intergenerational After School Program, The Safe Haven Summer Camp and vast expansion of the Be A Blessing Holiday Food and Toy Distribution Campaigns are social outreach programs initiated by Dr. Watley. He defined the vision for and founded St. James Preparatory School, a state-of-the-art middle and high school for grades 7-12.

Dr. Watley received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from St. Louis University in 1968 and a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in 1971. He received a Master of Philosophy in 1977 and his Doctor of Philosophy-Ethics in1980 from Columbia University in 1981 and the Ecumenical Institute in Celigny, Switzerland in 1983. He has done post-doctoral research at Harvard's Institute for Educational Management.

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