This fresh treatment of African-American spirituality explores the roots of its expression in African, through their retention in communities of the enslaved in the American South, and in Black churches nationwide today. Bridges also considers the manifestations of these retentions in contemporary film.
Flora Wilson Bridges completed her Ph.D in systematic theology at Vanderbilt. Bridges is an ordained Baptist minister who has served as dean of Chapel at Spelman College and Fisk University. She is pastor of Grace Community Church in Gadsden, Alabama.