PraisePhilly.com: During the early years and height of the Civil Rights movement, the black church was often considered the heartbeat of our communities. Rallies, protests, and community meetings were held in places of worship to discuss current social and sometimes political issues that affected neighborhoods on a local, state, and national level. In 2012, can we really say the black church is still a voice in our community?
The black church during the 1950s and 1960s was the place where leaders and social activists would gather to talk, give speeches, and inspire those who wanted change. As years went by and racially charged laws slowly changed, the activism of the church changed also. Over the years, the voice of the church has withered and for some the church’s voice is silent. Naturally there was a surge in social dialogue in churches when President Barack Obama announced his presidential campaign in 2007. Still, the black church was not as active in voicing change for communities as loud as before. There was a shift in the church that didn’t focus on social movements, but rather building full congregations and service times. During the 1980s until now, the role of the church has been shadowed by growing mega-churches, prosperity preaching, and countless sex and money laundering scandals. Read the rest here: Is The Black Church Still A Voice In Our Community?
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