1st Edition

Racialized Health, COVID-19, and Religious Responses Black Atlantic Contexts and Perspectives

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge


    Racialized Health, COVID-19, and Religious Responses: Black Atlantic Contexts and Perspectives explores black religious responses to black health concerns amidst persistent race-based health disparities and healthcare inequities. This cutting-edge edited volume provides theoretically and descriptively rich analysis of cases and contexts where race factors strongly in black health outcomes and dynamics, viewing these matters from various disciplinary and national vantage points. The volume is divided into the following four parts:

    • Systemic and Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Black Health
    • Ecclesial Responses to Black Health Vulnerabilities
    • Public Education and Policy Considerations
    • Spirituality and the Wellness of Black Minds, Bodies and Souls

    Part I explores ways social and cultural factors such as racial bias, religious conviction, and resource capacity have influenced and delimited black health prospects. Part II looks historically and contemporarily at denominational and ecumenical responses to collective black health emergencies in places such as Nigeria, the UK, the US, and the Caribbean. Part III focuses on public advocacy, particularly collective black health, both in terms of policy and education. The final section deals with spiritual, psychological, and theological dimensions, understandings, and pursuits of black health and wholeness.

    Collectively, the essays in the volume delineate analysis and action that wrestle with the multidimensional nature of black wellness and with ways broad public resources and black religious resources should be mobilized and leveraged to ensure collective black wellness.

     "The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license."

    Introduction: Black Health, Church Responsiveness, and Transnational Metrics
    R. Drew Smith

    I. Systemic and Sociocultural Dimensions of Black Health

    1. Racializing Religious Institutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Stephanie C. Boddie and Jerry Z. Park

    2. Racialized Discourses on Disease at Intersections of Canadian and the Caribbean Contexts
    Gosnell Yorke

    3. Racialized Health Care Inequities Dating to Slavery
    Eric Kyere

    4. Cuban Public Health Care, Economic Scarcity, and COVID Management
    Jualynne Dodson

    5. Black Health, Ethics, and Global Ecology
    Ernst Conradie

    6. Food Insecurity, Black Churches, and Black Household Vulnerabilities during COVID-19
    Margaret Lombe, Von Nebbitt, Khristian Howard, Heber Brown III, Mansoo Yu

    7. Setswana Medicinal Practices and Tensions with Western Health Care Perspectives
    Itumeleng Mothoagae

    8. Racism and Clinical Trials of COVID-19, Tetanus, and Malaria Vaccines in Kenya
    Elias Opongo

    II. Ecclesial Responses to Black Health Vulnerabilities

    9. The African Methodist Episcopal Church and Its Reckonings with Deadly Plagues, 1793 to 2020
    Dennis C. Dickerson

    10. Pandemics, the Rev. Francis J. Grimkeì, and Life Lessons Stephanie C. Boddie, Elise M. Edwards, Bertis D. English, and Kathryn Freeman

    11. Collins Chapel Hospital and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Responses to Health Care Disparities in Memphis, Tennessee
    Raymond R. Sommerville and George W. Coleman Jr.

    12. Black United Methodist Church Responses to COVID-19
    Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

    13. Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Responses to Contemporary Health Urgencies in Nigeria
    Babatunde Adedibu and Adeleke Awojobi

    14. The Church of God in Christ, COVID-19, and Black Pentecostal Constructive Engagement
    David D. Daniels III

    15. Richard Allen, Black Aid Workers, and Civil Rights Lessons of the First Great Epidemic in the United States
    Richard Newman

    16. Caribbean Churches, Capacities, and Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Ronald A. Nathan

    17. Black Majority Church Responses to Black Health Urgencies in the United Kingdom
    Natasha Callender and Alton P. Bell

    18. COVID-19, Cultural Competency, and Church Responsiveness in Nigeria
    Justina Ogodo, Martha F. Atanda, A. Christson Adedoyin, Sabrina A. Carter, and Jamar Thrasher

    III. Public Education and Policy Considerations

    19. The Black Church, Public Policy, and the Challenge of Health Equity
    Quardricos Driskell

    20. Black Mental Health Challenges and Responses by Britain’s Black Majority Churches
    Babatunde Adedibu

    21. Cultural and Religious Influences on Genetic Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Murugi Kagotho and Njeri Kagotho

    22. Pastoral Care, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Oppression in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    B. Denise Hawkins and Ervin Dyer

    23. Black Women’s Reproductive Health, Justice, and COVID Complications in the United States
    Bernetta D. Welch

    24. Film as a Pedagogical Tool for Trauma- and Resiliency-Informed Theology and Liturgy
    Phil Allen

    25. Shifting the Tide Toward Health Equity
    Lydell Lettsome

    IV. Spirituality and the Wellness of Black Minds, Bodies, and Souls

    26. Nigerian Women, Mental and Physical Health, COVID-19, and Spirituality
    Samuel E. Oladipo, A. Christson Adedoyin, Jimoh W. Owoyele, and Hammed Adeoye

    27. African American Palliative Care amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
    John C. Welch

    28. Black Religion, Mental Health, and the Threat of Hopelessness during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Danjuma Gibson


    R. Drew Smith, PhD, is a political scientist who serves as professor of Urban Ministry and director of the Metro-Urban Institute at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is a founding co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, a global network of scholars, religious leaders, and activists. His publications on religion and public life include more than eighty articles, chapters, and essays, nine edited books, and four themed academic journal issues. He also holds an appointment as Professor Extraordinarious at the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of South Africa.

    Stephanie C. Boddie, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the School of Education at Baylor University where she co-teaches Disrupting Racial Disparities in Health Care. She also is a co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, a professor extraordinarius in the Institute for Gender Studies at University of South Africa, a faculty associate at the Center for Social Development at Washington University and a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society. She is coauthor of more than sixty journal articles, chapters, and reports, and of several books and short films.

    Bertis D. English, PhD, is a professor of history at Alabama State University in Montgomery. He is owner of English Editing Services, LLC; author of the book Civil Wars, Civil Beings in Civil Rights in Alabama’s Black Belt: A History of Perry County; and editor of the International Journal of Africana Studies. His scholarly writings appear in state, regional, national, and global publications.