An African-American preacher from the Black Belt, the preacher, named Hammond, does all he can to convince Bigger that he will receive salvation for his crimes only in the next life. But after Bigger sees a burning cross, set up by the Ku Klux Klan, in the South Side during his incarceration, Bigger rejects absolutely the preacher’s teaching, believing that God can offer Bigger no support or succor in this life or the next.
The preacher Character Timeline in Native Son
The timeline below shows where the character The preacher appears in Native Son. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.