Was Jesus Black?

Washington, D.C. -- Atop the bell tower at Howard University's Divinity School stands a larger-than-life bronze statue of Jesus. The figure is clearly of a white man, with European features.

Inside the office of Cain Hope Felder, a professor at the school, the pictures on the wall tell a very different story. In a painting of the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples are black.

For Mr. Felder, a leader of the movement to document African influence in Biblical times, the contrast