LISTEN: NPR’s “On Point” Takes a Look at 200 Years of African-American Prayers

“Conversations with God,” – the story told by two centuries of African American prayer.


This weekend, protests and vigils around the country. The nation continues to grapple with the deaths of black men in police encounters. Soul searching and sermons… part of the long history of how African Americans have wrestled with suffering and spoken to God. Two decades ago, historian and Minister James Melvin Washington put together a collection of prayers spanning more than 200 years – penned by authors from Phyllis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King. This hour, On Point: “Conversations with God,” then and now.

– Michel Martin

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