LISTEN: Colonial Enterprise in the Caribbean, Part 3; An Arena of Political Life; Crime (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #47 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Our Scripture Verse for today is Matthew 4:4 which reads: “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

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, “Therefore, it is extremely critical that congregations examine their practices and beliefs to make sure that they are not creating, practicing, or reinforcing a toxic faith system. We must carefully examine our statements and belief system to make certain that we do not ‘have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.’”

Our first topic for today is titled “Colonial Enterprise in the Caribbean, Part 3” from the book, “From Slavery to Freedom” by John Hope Franklin.

In the seventeenth century, Spain lost all claim to exclusive control over the islands in the Caribbean. Denmark, Holland, France, and England acquired territory in the area. Dutch buccaneers were entrenched in Curacao (Cure-ah-sew), St. Eustatius (U-sta-shus), and Tobago by 1640, and the Dutch West India Company, supported enthusiastically by its government, was promoting the slave trade.

Our second topic for today is “The Negro Church: A Nation Within a Nation, Part 16” from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier.

— An Arena of Political Life, Continued

The Negro church was not only an arena of political life for the leaders of Negroes, it had a political meaning for the masses. Although they were denied the right to vote in the American community, within their Churches, especially the Methodist Churches, they could vote and engage in electing their officers. The elections of bishops and other officers and representatives to conventions has been a serious activity for the masses of Negroes.

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


Concerning the Ku Klux Klan, Booker T. Washington said, “Their objects, in the main, were to crush out the political aspirations of the Negroes, but they did not confine themselves to this because schoolhouses as well as churches were burned by them, and many innocent persons were made to suffer.”

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.