Unity in Diversity

African Americans and the Bahá'í Faith

Authored by: Guy Emerson Mount

The World of the Bahá'í Faith

Print publication date:  December  2021
Online publication date:  December  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138367722
eBook ISBN: 9780429027772
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This chapter provides a brief sketch of the African American Bahá’í community as a case study to explore the larger Bahá’í principle of unity in diversity. It recounts the ways in which the American Bahá’í community in general has interacted with the descendants of enslaved peoples over time while highlighting the contributions of African American Bahá’ís to the overall development of both the Bahá’í Faith and American society more broadly. In the end, it argues that the US Bahá’í community has been boldly and consistently challenging American racism and began doing so at a time when most other religious and secular organizations were not. The implication here is that through the activism of African American Bahá’ís, the principles of the Bahá’í Faith found expression within American civic society long before ideas like unity in diversity enjoyed a broad public acceptance.

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