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Resources about African-American Contributions to the Church


African Americans have played a significant role in the history of the United Methodist denomination. Learn more in the resources below about their lives, their struggles and their contributions.

The Rev. Fred Allen discusses ways United Methodist black congregations can use technology to create and share their message during a meeting of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century in Nashville, Tenn., in 2009. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Strengthening the Black Church for the Twenty-First Century

SBC 21 is a program designed to assist United Methodist churches with predominantly black congregations become effective in mission and ministry. More

Logo for Cokesbury online bookstore.

Resources for Black History Month

Cokesbury's online bookstore has dozens of books and other resources for Black History Month and reading more about the contributions African Americans have made to The United Methodist Church. Read More

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United Methodist History

Want to learn more about the roots of the church? Find articles about the Wesleys, stories of notable women, our history quiz, useful links and more. Read More

The African-American hymn

Part of history, African-American spirituals still heal

Songs allowed slaves to freely express true feelings and offer prayers to God. They could lay their burdens down and find strength to face another day. Read More

Missionary Vivienne Gray served with her husband, Ulysses, in Liberia, 1948 to 1988. Photo courtesy of New World Outlook.

Timeline: Methodism in Black and White

From Wesley’s baptism of two slaves to African-American delegates at General Conference, see 250 years of history. Read More