I have heard of a tree (‘Heaven’s Christmas Tree’)

I have heard of a tree (‘Heaven’s Christmas Tree’). Charles Albert Tindley* (1851-1933).  Charles Albert Tindley was one of the eminent preachers of Methodism at the turn of the twentieth century. African American hymnologist James Abbington* has called Tindley a ‘pastor, orator, poet, writer, theologian, social activist, father of African American Hymnody, progenitor of African American gospel music, and prince of preachers’ (Kimbrough and Young, 2006, p. v).  African Americans at the turn of the 20th century in the northeastern United States were caught in the promise and the poverty of the Industrial Revolution. Unemployment was high among African Americans, many of whom had migrated...

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