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Douglas, Kelly Brown. Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.

Douglas, Kelly Brown. Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015, pp. 264, ISBN: 1626981094.


The 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager in Florida, and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, brought public attention to controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. The verdict, as much as the killing, sent shock waves through the African-American community, recalling a history of similar deaths, and the long struggle for justice. On the Sunday morning following the verdict, Black preachers around the country addressed the question, "Where is the justice of God? What are we to hope for?" This book is an attempt to take seriously social and theological questions raised by this and similar stories, and to answer Black church people's questions of justice and faith in response to the call of God. The author is an Episcopal priest and professor of religion at Goucher College.

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Title Annotation:Relevant Books
Publication:Journal of Pan African Studies
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2016
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