Our Vision

The church has been and continues to be the cornerstone of the African-American community, and preaching provides the foundation for the African American church. Unfortunately, scholars have limited access to the records of the Black pulpit, and many existing recordings of the great African American pulpit voices are not available to a wide audience. No such library exists.

To respond to this need, Clamp Divinity School of Anderson University is launching the Center for the Study of African American Preaching, which will provide a treasury of scholarly resources on the subject and will proceed with protecting this legacy by digitizing and making available the great African American pulpit voices of the past century.

The Center has two primary purposes:

To encourage scholarship in the study of the history and nature of African American preaching, including the development of dissertations and scholarly articles on the topic.

To develop a publicly-available resource library of digital recordings of well-known African American preachers, for use for both study and inspiration.

Dr. Dante Wright

Center Director

The church has been and continues to be the cornerstone of the African-American community, and preaching provides the foundation for the African American church. Unfortunately, scholars have limited access to the records of the Black pulpit, and many existing recordings of the great African American pulpit voices are not available to a wide audience. No such library exists.

To respond to this need, Clamp Divinity School of Anderson University is launching the Center for the Study of African American Preaching, which will provide a treasury of scholarly resources on the subject and will proceed with protecting this legacy by digitizing and making available the great African American pulpit voices of the past century.

Dr. Dante Wright
“Preaching may be confrontational sometimes, certainly exhortatory, but it should have an added sense of the majesty of life, the glory of its possibilities, and the greatness and glory of God. It’s saying something, but it’s saying something in a glorious way.”
C.S. Lewis

~ Gardner C. Taylor

Submit a recording for review.

If you would like to submit a recording or media (tapes, CDs, etc.) for consideration in the Center for the Study of African-American Preaching, fill out the following form and we will be in contact with you regarding your submission. The center will return any non-digital media resources upon digitization.

Make a Contribution

The five-year goal of $200,000 will provide funds to establish the Center and launch the various elements of its mission, including preservation, publicity, acquisition of African-American scholarly resources, and the development of a bi-annual journal on the legacy of African-American preaching.

Fellows of the Center will provide a contribution of $5,000 or more (within a five-year period) for the work of the Center.

A gift of $500,000 or more will allow for the naming and perpetual endowment of the Center.