LISTEN: One Way Passage, Part 1; The Church & Education; Reconstruction and Retaliation, Part 9 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #40 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

One Way Passage, Part 1; The Church & Education; Reconstruction and Retaliation, Part 9 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #40)

Our Scripture verse for today is 1 Peter 3:15 which reads: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, “Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens.” He now begins to discuss statements which are frequently heard in the black church which he calls “innocent but dangerous.” The second such statement is: “If you have Jesus, you don’t need anything else” or “I got Jesus and that’s enough.”

Our first topic for today is titled “One Way Passage, Part 1” from the book, “From Slavery to Freedom” by John Hope Franklin.

The voyage to the Americas, popularly referred to as the “middle passage,” was a veritable nightmare. Overcrowding was most common. There are records of ships as small as 90 tons carrying a complement of 390 slaves in addition to crew and provisions. The practice of overcrowding became so common that the British Parliament felt compelled to specify that not more than five slaves could be carried for every 3 tons of the burden of a ship of 200 tons. This regulation, like so many others, was not enforced. More slaves meant greater profits, and few traders could resist the temptation to wedge in a few more. There was hardly standing, lying, or sitting room. Chained together by twos, hands and feet, slaves had no room to move about and no freedom to exercise their bodies even in the slightest.

Our second topic for today is “The Negro Church: A Nation Within a Nation, Part 9” from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier.

— We continue looking at The Church and Education

The schools—elementary, secondary, and those which provided the beginnings of college education—were permeated with a religious and moral outlook. The graduates of these schools went forth as missionaries to raise the moral and religious level of the members of their race. Many of the men were preachers or became preachers. A preacher who was a graduate of a Baptist college founded by white missionaries and who had helped to make the bricks for the buildings of the college, said that when he was graduated, the white president addressed him as follows: “I want you to go into the worst spot in this State and build a school and a church.”

Our third and final topic for today is from “The Black Church in the U.S.: Its Origin, Growth, Contributions, and Outlook” by Dr. William A. Banks.

Today we are looking at part 9 of Chapter 4: “Reconstruction and Retaliation — 1866 to 1914”


It was during this period that the invisible merged with the visible: the hidden plantation church integrated with the church of the free Negro. Negro life was organized and structured as never before. The influence of this period cannot be overestimated. Whatever organized social life there had been for the slaves in Africa was destroyed by their slavery in America.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.