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Beginning with the "dark wisdom of the slaves," Shawn Copeland shows how enslaved people found in the story of Jesus both an affirmation of their humanity and a repudiation of a system that held them in bondage. She goes on to explore some of the challenges to human living in a world shaped and directed by white supremacy. And finally, she presses the meaning of solidarity in the concrete circumstances of American life.
These challenging essays reflect her efforts to read the book of the cross, and to grapple with what it might mean "to take up the cross daily and follow Jesus" with those crucified in our time.