After Ferguson, New York, and Baltimore, What Role Should the Black Church Play Today?

Onleilove Alston
Onleilove Alston


We all know what a central role the Black church had during the civil rights movement of the 20th century, but what role can it have today? 

During a discussion about the National Urban League’s 2015 State of Black America reportOnleilove Alston of PICO Faith in New York and Rev. Tony Lee from Community of Hope, AME Church discussed the role of the 21st century church in civil rights activism.

Alston recalled the time when community leaders from Ferguson conducted a training session for more than 100 people of faith on how to engage the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The young local activists told the faith leaders, “We believe in God, we just didn’t go to church,” she said. Some clergy members there “actually repented,” she continued. “They had felt that they had let the younger generation down in a certain way, sometimes being more concerned about sagging pants than the social conditions outside of the church.”

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Source: Chicago Defender

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