This course provides a critical introduction to and overview of the almost 600-year spiritual journey of African Americans in the United States. Beginning with the spirituality of their ancestors in Africa itself, we explore how that spirituality was brought to the United States and forged in the furnace of the Middle Passage, slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights and other liberation movements. In the US, it developed into a spiritual foundation that enabled African Americans to embrace Christianity and persevere in their struggle towards freedom and full citizenship. The spiritualities of other faiths and their influence on Black religiosity, including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and contemporary Yoruba religion as well as African Caribbean religions (Vodoun, Candomblé, etc.), will also be explored as time allows.