Psalms from Prison (Chavis)

Psalms from Prison (Chavis)

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Praise for Psalms from Prison

"The significance of this unique book cannot be overstated. From a prison cell in North Carolina, Chavis' theological reflections reveal a penetrating analysis of both the socio-historical reality of black America and other oppressed people and the liberating faith that sustains one in the struggle for freedom." —James H. Cone
"These are psalms of faith, psalms of struggle, psalms of praise. These are the prayers we need to hear." —The Other Side
"Cries out with ... determination and faith, and because of his courage and belief, we are all a little closer to true liberation." —Sojourners

A Clarion Call for Justice

On October 18, 1972, Benjamin Chavis and nine others (the famous Wilmington Ten) were wrongly convicted of having incited race riots. Chavis spent four years in jail—and it was in the flames of that injustice that these psalms were forged.

The deep and abiding faith that sustains Chavis today can be found in these brilliant and powerful prayers. They spoke then to the issues of the African American struggle ... they speak to those same issues today ... and they speak to all of us. "The context is particular," says Chavis, "but the message is universal."

Originally published in 1983 after the convictions of the Wilmington Ten were overturned (1980 by a federal appeals court), Psalms from Prison was updated and re-released in 1994.

About the Author

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., has traveled a long road in the work of civil rights, serving in executive leadership for the United Church of Christ's Commission of Racial Justice in the 1970s and '80s, for the NAACP and the Million Man March in the 1990s, and more recently for multi-media corporations. Currently Dr. Chavis is the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

Paperback: 170 pages, 8.25" x 5.5"
ISBN 978-0-8298-0969-5
1994