A Quaker Speaks from the Black Experience

The history, role, and involvement of African Americans in the Religious Society of Friends have been subjects of long-standing interest to me. Accordingly, I believe that it is only right and fitting to take stock of where we have been and where we may be going. I am speaking through the prism of my own experience, which is very Quakerly, since we claim to be adherents of an experiential religion. My theme, “A Quaker Speaks from the Black Experience,” is also the title of a little book I co-authored with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carleton Mabee some 26 years🔒

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James Fletcher is a member of College Station Worship Sharing Group in Houston, Tex. He is treasurer for American Friends Service Committee, and has served extensively with AFSC, Friends World Committee for Consultation, and other Friends organizations in work in the Republic of South Africa. He is co-founder of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent (FFAD), and co-author of two books, A Quaker Speaks From the Black Experience: The Life and Collected Works of Barrington Dunbar and Friends Face the World. This essay was adapted from a speech to FFAD in April 2006.

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