LISTEN: The Plantation System, Pt 6; Religion in the City, Pt 3; Reconstruction and Retaliation, Pt 20 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #53 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Our Scripture Verse for today is Ephesians 5:19-20 which reads: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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 writes, “A study by Wallace and Forman showed some of the benefits of religion for American youth. Drawing from a large sample taken from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Project, approximately 5,000 youth were studied. They found that compared to their peers, religious youth (those who saw religion as important and were regular attendees) were less likely to engage in behaviors that compromise their health. For example: behaviors such as carrying weapons, getting into fights, and drinking and driving were cited. Additionally, religious youth were more likely to behave in ways that enhance their health. For example, proper nutrition, exercise, and rest.”

Our first topic for today is titled “The Plantation System, Part 6” from the book, “From Slavery to Freedom” by John Hope Franklin.

Even in the small Danish islands there are records of resentment to the seasoning process. The lack of sufficient food drove many slaves to steal and to refuse to work. In 1726, the officials executed seventeen of the leading offenders, but this did not quiet the slaves. The situation became increasingly worse, and, in 1733, the Governor of St. Thomas issued a drastic decree providing for severe punishments of slave offenders by burning, whipping, and hanging.

Our second topic for today is “Negro Religion in the City, Part 3” from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier.

In the cold impersonal environment of the city, the institutions and associations which had provided security and support for the Negro in the rural environment could not be resurrected. The mutual aid or ‘sickness and burial’ societies could no longer provide security during the two major crises which the Negroes feared most.

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

Usually, blacks did not have to work on Sunday; it was a time of coming together to talk, gossip, have fellowship, flirt, court, eat, and sing. For many, it was an all-day affair. It served as an emotional outlet, a spiritual catharsis, a cause for solidarity, and social cohesion, plus the fact that the Gospel was preached and believed, and people were saved. Preaching was basically topical and oratorical, not doctrinal and expository.


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 Amazon.com 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.