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Resistance to Oppression and Tyranny: BHM 2017

The Underground Railroad as a Mode of Resistance to Oppression and Tyranny


Welcome to the research guide for Black History Month (BHM) 2017 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Here you will find information resources that engage the BHM theme: “the underground railroad as a mode of resistance to oppression and tyranny.”  The listed print and video materials can be borrowed from the United Library’s display case, and select electronic resources are accessible with a valid NetID. May these selections spur your research interests, and enrich conversations held at events sponsored by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) throughout February.

We cannot too often remind ourselves that Christianity began as a revolutionary movement.
-Ernest Fremont Tittle, 1926

Display Case

  • Books: Currently located in the United Library’s display case are books authored by BHM invited lecturers Larry Murphy and Glennette Tilley; books documenting the black experience within the Methodist church; and books about modes of resistance evidenced in black history and religion.


  • Articles: Examine the theodicy and parody of Frederick Douglass’ “Slaveholder’s Sermon,” discover Methodist pulpit critic Ernest Fremont Tittle and his efforts to advance racial justice, and meet BHM guest preacher Rev. Harriette Cross, who uses her ministry to bring hope to the children of Englewood.


  • Sermon: Before he died in 1949, Ernest Fremont Tittle established the First Church in Evanston, IL, as a veritable pillar of the Methodist denomination. His sermon “Revolutionary Christianity,” an item from the eponymous archival papers housed on the library’s ground floor, is a challenge to professing Christians to remain steadfast to Christianity’s revolutionary impulse.


  • Videos: The United Library’s multimedia collection, and Northwestern's Mitchell Multimedia Center collection, are great for study breaks and research papers alike. Feel free to reserve our Group Study Room and watch a DVD about the Underground Railroad, or a unique PBS series, “This Far by Faith : African-American spiritual journeys.”


  • Electronic Resources: Watch the heroic tale of Arthur Flowers' 1844 escape from enslavement, browse a media rich timeline of the Underground Railroad, or search primary historical documents from the abolitionist movement.


  • Story Map: Finally, take a brief journey of organized resistance that ends in downtown Evanston. Our Garrett-Evangelical community is encouraged to become familiar with StoryMap JS and the other user friendly teaching tools developed at Northwestern's Knight Lab. A map or timeline of significant Biblical places or events could make for an effective presentation.