The Indispensable Black Church

Dr. Calvin Butts III, senior pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, leads the most visited black church in the country as he holds a book by Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church.

In the 200th anniversary year of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, make every Sunday Black Church Sunday.  It is the answer to the question, "How I got over?" 


Hallowed Ground

The African Methodist Episcopal Church started 200 years ago at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, the oldest piece of property continuously owned by African-Americans in the nation.

The church marked its history in Philadelphia at its recent conference.

Bishop Richard Allen set the nexus of economics and religion by also forming the Free African Society, a mutual benefit society, and organizing the National Negro Convention in 1830 to set the strategy for the abolition movement.

Allen walked out of a church after being forced to worship in the balcony.


Free African Society is one of the iconic names of the 19th century which answers the question about how black people saw themselves.  Like Abysssinian and African Methodist Episcopal and First African Baptist and First African Presbyterian, the people who came to the United States did not forget where they came from.





During a tour to the site of the 164-year-old Third Baptist Church's original location in 1852, a 33 year old lifelong resident of San Francisco was so moved that he changed his plans to leave the city.  He explained that now he understood why it was so important for African-Americans to stay where they had such a deep foundation.