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Black Church UMC

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

African Americans are a vital part of the tapestry of The United Methodist Church and have played important roles in the development of the denomination in the United States.

Explore this section to learn about African American bishops, pastors, preachers, missionaries and members from yesterday and today.

The Lorraine Motel (now a museum) is the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D., Creative Commons, 2012.

Who We Are

James Lawson: Befriending James Earl Ray After MLK's Death

A United Methodist pastor and close friend of Martin King's explains why he reached out to the man accused of killing the civil rights icon.

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Growing up in the church, there were some indications she might be a bishop one day. Photo courtesy of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Meet Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

A pastor's kid and former school psychologist, this United Methodist bishop encourages us to see beyond barriers and embrace possibilities.

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