A painful U.S. history of Black churchez terrorized

26 Jun

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Ambulance attendants load the body of a Black girl, one of four killed in the bombing of the 16th Avenue Church, Sept. 16, 1963, Birmingham, Ala. Photo: AP/Wide World photos

WASHINGTON – Since the birth of the Black Church in America going back to the 18th Century, right up until 2015, the Black Church has been a sanctuary, a source of resistance to White domination, but it has also been under constant attack.

Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., which was the site of the killing of nine parishioners including its pastor on June 10, was founded out of protest against White racism in 1816, 199 years ago, by Morris Brown and Denmark Vessey, among others.

The first Black congregation was organized in the 1790s in Philadelphia, when Richard Allen led thousands to form the African Methodist Episcopal Church after they grew tired of being required to…

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