A Black Madonna or Black Virgin is a statue or painting of Mary in which she is depicted with dark skin, especially those created in Europe in the medieval period or earlier. In this specialized sense "Black Madonna" does not refer to images of the Virgin Mary portrayed as specifically ethnically black, which are popular in Africa and areas with large black populations, such as Brazil and the United States, but rather refers to all portrayals of the Virgin Mary with dark skin that were created during this time period; however, some scholars in the afrocentric and theosophical community believe that the Black Madonnas are black because they were a copy of the Egyptian Isis and Horus image that was both black and African.
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... She is most commonly represented by the image of Black Madonna of Częstochowa whose origins are believed to be in copies of the icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, brought ... Other depictions of Ezili Dantor include the Black Madonna, as well as Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Mount Carmel ... Ezili Dantor is associated with the black creole pig of Haiti, her favorite animal sacrifice, and the colors gold and blue, sometimes green and also red to signify that she is a Petro lwa ...
... The Black Madonna is credited with miraculously saving the monastery of Jasna Góra (English Bright Mount) from a 17th century Swedish invasion, The Deluge ... the numerically superior Germans mercenaries, saved their sacred icon, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa and, according to some accounts, turned the course of the war ... This event led King John II Casimir Vasa to "crown" Our Lady of Częstochowa ("the Black Madonna") as Queen and Protector of Poland in the cathedral of Lwów on April 1, 1656 ...
... with the way Cleage was leading his Black congregation ... branch of the Freedom Now Party and ran for Governor of Michigan as a candidate in a "Black slate" of candidates ... In 1967, he began the Black Christian National Movement ...
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