Black Activism, Unchurched

The article discusses how the role of the church in civil right movement post-Baltimore has changed since the 1960s.

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Where is the Church in the Black Lives Matter movement?

The spirit of the black Church has long animated the movements for civil rights and social justice in America. The call and response, the vocabulary of oppression and solidarity: These are the languages of sanctuaries and pews, of Sunday morning worship and Bible-study vigils.

But in the black- and youth-led political activism of the last several years, the Church hasn’t been nearly as visible as it was in the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. After many decades in which the most prominent black activists were ministers, religious leaders seem to be playing supporting roles in the most recent wave of activism. Read more...