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Lent of Liberation

Confronting the Legacy of American Slavery

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This Lenten devotional invites readers to learn more about the brutal institution of slavery and its impact on Black people in America and recognize how its evolution and legacy continue to harm their descendants in the United States today. Each of the forty devotions includes the testimony of a person who escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad, a Scripture passage, and a reflection connecting biblical and historical themes to challenge modern readers to work for liberation. Reflecting on Lenten themes of exodus, redemption, discipline, and repentance, readers, both Black and white, will be empowered for the work of racial justice.

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Cheri L. Mills has served in full-time ministry for twenty-seven years at St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also prayer director at Simmons College of Kentucky, the nation's 107th HBCU, and the founder of 1 Voice Prayer Movement. She was awarded the Mary McLeod Bethune Achievement Award by the Louisville Section of the National Council of Negro Women for her contributions to the community, state, and beyond.
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“This devotional is exactly the kind of tool that’s needed today—it offers a clear pathway into the type of deep, individual reflection that is required in order to heal the wounds of systemic racism. If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to become more antiracist, Lent of Liberation is a great place to start.” —Kerry Connelly, author of Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice

“The enslavement of African peoples in the United States and our continued carceral reality are the vital subject matter of these Lenten devotional materials. We owe a debt of gratitude to Cheri Mills for this impassioned resource on the Black-led freedom struggle against social death and on just calls for reparations.” —Alton Pollard, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“Cheri Mills beckons the faithful to join her on a journey toward wholeness this Lent. Those who read this book will see, pray, and relate in a new way by Easter.” —Kelly Kirby, Rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Lent of Liberation is a profound call for repentance, a change of heart related to the long and continuing history of racial oppression in the United States.” —The Englewood Review of Books
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