by Adib Rashad ~
From the founding of Liberia in 1821 until the 1920s, the major influence of
Black Americans on Africa came from Black missionaries. The Colonization
movement gave birth to the Black missionary tradition and to the theory of
"providential design," which taught that Black slaves were brought to the
United States and Christianized and educated so that they might be able to
send their children back to redeem Africa.
Missionaries seemed to believe that Blacks could withstand the African