"The vividly written entries evince a rare combination of scholarship and accessibility, making this work appropriate for both academic and larger public libraries."
"Scholars of history, religion, and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences provide short entries and more substantial essays about the myriad religious cultures among Africans and people of African descent throughout the Western Hemisphere. Among topics of the entries are African Americans in various Christian denominations, Catimbó, maroons, the Nation of Islam, the Orisha religion in Trinidad, Rastafari, Santería, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Umbanda, and Wicca. The essays consider broader areas of African American religion such as literature and religion, preaching and sermonic traditions, healing and health, popular culture, the urban context, education, the psychology of religious behavior, and worship. A chronology is provided, along with appendices containing primary documents and short essays on related topics. The two volumes are paged and indexed together."
"[A]n outstanding 2-volume set packed with Afro-American religious and cultural history and deserves a spot in any high school to college-level collection . . . this is a 'must' for any serious black history or spiritual collection."
"This is a valuable work for any college or public library with a large African American population."
"The tone of [this] work is suitable for most academic and large public libraries. Highly recommended."
"This title will be highly useful in both academic and public libraries and will appeal to numerous audiences, including
the general public, the African American community, laypersons, religious professionals, faculty, and students. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."