[Nashville, TN]: Committee on Promotion and Missionary Education, Women's Missionary Society A.M.E. Church/A.M.E. Sunday School Union, 1958-1959. 8½” x 5¾”. Thin card wrappers. Pp. 162. Good: the leaf containing pages 13/14 with an approximately 5” square of text unevenly excised; wrappers moderately worn and soiled and with several inked notes; approximately 5-10 pages with inked or penciled notes as well.
This is the yearbook for an African American religious organization written entirely by women. According to the website of the Washington Conference Branch Women's Missionary Society, the A.M.E's Women's Missionary Society (WMS) grew out of the Women's Mite Missionary Society which was founded in 1874.
According to the text, this is the seventh annual yearbook for the WMS. The book is densely packed with important data such as a nationwide list of officers and plans for the coming year. This is all interspersed with the occasional poem, sermon, and a number of other short passages including at least 15 testimonials by women from around the country as to the importance of WMS. Around one third of the book is devoted to “Mission Study” and is a step by step guide for the creation of monthly meetings which include themes, session lessons, questions and answers, and the resources needed to successfully conduct them. There are also many references to Islam including seemingly disparate passages with one arguing that Christianity treated Black women better than Islam, but another which appears to be an attempt at building bridges with Muslims including explanations and dates of Islamic festivals.
OCLC locates eight entities with various holdings, one of them lists having this specific year. $175 
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