In this article, I will try to do three things. Firstly, pay attention to the notion of Black Atlantic
as coined by Paul Gilroy, which in effect could signify a reversal of colonialism and slavery.
Secondly, revisit the 1970s and the debate about the relevance of Black theology vis-à-vis
African theology, using John Mbiti’s article ‘An African Views American Black Theology’ as
entry point. Here, I will discuss contributions also made by Desmond Tutu and James Cone.
Thirdly, starting with the premise that both theologies are relevant and soul mates today,
which would (probably) be confirmed by all the above mentioned at this point in time, an
assessment of current voices will be made, that is, Tinyiko Maluleke and Vuyani Vellem on
black and African ecclesiologies from a South African perspective, and Lawrence Burnley on
the fate of the Black Church in the United States.