*It is without a doubt that Black people in this country have shown the other guys that they are in fact a resilient people.

And what has kept them strongest through all the struggle, pain, and strife – the Black church.

The unshakable faith of African Americans within the Christian church has produced positive spiritual, social, economic and political results for Black America.

The question is whether Black churches can continue to be the instruments of empowerment that they historically have been.

Perhaps an understanding of the emergence and prominence of the African- American church will offer some insight to the potential that these churches still possess.

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