The history of the influence, uses, and functions of the Bible among African Americans is dramatic and complex, and reflects the different, sometimes conflicting, sociopolitical and religious self-understandings, orientations, and aspirations of a dominant segment, if not the great majority, of African Americans.
Wimbush, Vincent L. Encyclopedia of African American History and Culture, Vol. 1, s.v. "The Bible and African-American Culture." New York: Macmillan Library Reference, 1995. 315-316.