Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity
Calvin B. Rock’s landmark work examines the major nineteenth- and twentieth-century endeavors of Black Seventh-day Adventist leadership to achieve equality within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In exploring the legacy of protest, Rock divides the historic protest movements of Black leadership into four categories: the push for social and administrative participation, the push for Regional conferences, the push for Black unions, and the push for equitable retirement security. Interwoven into Rock’s work is an examination of the circumstances that shaped each movement in various ways, as well as an encompassing argument that each movement shared the same ultimate goal—that of human dignity and the fulfillment of the gospel mission. Protest and Progress speaks to how Black Adventists achieved these ends and how their efforts were linked across the years. This book is a must read to understand this revealing and key element of Adventist history.