African Americans have a long and complex relationship with the Bible due to its use both as a tool of oppression and as a force for liberation.
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When I participate in Watchnight, I stand within these historical traditions. It is a place for my hopes and anxieties about the future, as well as my regrets, gratitude and forgiveness about the past.
In the creative mixture of Christianity and African Traditional Religion, of biblical stories and African folklore, of Christian message and African music, the African American church was forged.
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