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Cloud of Witnesses (Part 2)

Phillis Wheatley: The First Published African-American Poet

February 5, 2021 • Matt Gilleskie

In the second episode of our series investigating the lives of overlooked witnesses to Jesus Christ, Matt introduces you to Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American poet, a significant contributor to the abolitionist cause, and a faithful disciple of Christ. This brilliant sister was a master with words; we encourage you to read some of her poetry and consider her witness to Christ. For further reading: - "Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage," Vincent Caretta [https://smile.amazon.com/Phillis-Wheatley-Biography-Genius-Bondage/dp/0820333387] - "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," Phillis Wheatley [https://smile.amazon.com/Poems-Various-Subjects-Religious-Moral/dp/1540316785] - You can find individual poems published simply by Googling them. Those I mentioned in the podcast include “To His Excellency, George Washington,” “An Elegiac Poem, on the Death of that Celebrated Divine, and Eminent Servant of Jesus Christ, the Reverend and Learned George Whitefield,” and “On the Death of General Wooster.” - "The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley," edited by John C. Shields [https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/collected-works-of-phillis-wheatley-phillis-wheatley/1100465876] Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

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