LISTEN: Colonial Enterprise in the Caribbean, Part 2; An Arena of Political Life; Crime (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #46 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Our Scripture Verse for today is Proverbs 14:34 which reads: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

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 said, “As can be seen from just a cursory review, erroneous ideas and beliefs can abound throughout church and religious communities. However, we must strive to be true to the Scriptures and thereby create a psychologically healthy environment that is consistent with the Word of God. To do so, we need to exercise greater caution before using such statements or singing certain songs that convey these potentially damaging meanings. If these phrases are to be used or if these songs are to be sung, we need to explain more fully what is meant when the phrases are uttered or we need to better contextualize them. While it is true that ‘Christ is All,’ it is also true that God still works within the context of humanity and its abundant resources.”

Our first topic for today is titled “Colonial Enterprise in the Caribbean, Part 2” from the book, “From Slavery to Freedom” by John Hope Franklin.

The rivalry among European countries for control of the islands in the 17th century presaged the more intense rivalry for hegemony on the mainland that was to develop during the following century. Spain, of course, had prior claim to the islands, thanks to the explorations of its sailors in the 15th century and the papal arrangement of 1493. The Spaniards took advantage of this position by channeling their energies and capital into development of their insular possessions, the most important of which were Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and Jamaica.

Our second topic for today is “The Negro Church: A Nation Within a Nation, Part 15” from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier.

— An Arena of Political Life, Continued

As the result of the elimination of Negroes from the political life of the American community, the Negro church became the arena of their political activities. The church was the main area of social life in which Negroes could aspire to become the leaders of men. It was the area of social life where ambitious individuals could achieve distinction and the symbols of status. The church was the arena in which the struggle for power and the thirst for power could be satisfied.

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 15 of Chapter 4: “Reconstruction and Retaliation — 1866 to 1914”


Whites often lament over the “almost complete silence of Negro leaders. including church leaders about Negro crime and immorality.’ ” But whites have not been listening in the right places. Furthermore, until recent years, voices raised within black communities were given no hearing outside those communities.

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.