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15 Black Christian Leaders You Should Know

In honor of Black History Month, here is a list of black Christian leaders shaping the face of the church.

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About the Black Church

There’s more to the story than soulful music and whooping preachers. Way more.

Building a Church That Isn’t “A Middle Finger to Everybody from the Neighborhood”

Jordan Rice’s goal for his newly launched Renaissance Church is to love Harlem without changing it.

‘12 Years a Slave’ prompts calls for racial reconciliation

WASHINGTON — The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders … Continued

I believe in a God who created Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant to “have life, and have it abundantly.”

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech.AP Flashing lights caught my attention that night. I … Continued

Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech obscure its critique

RNS () — It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century. Millions of American schoolchildren who never … Continued

Churches raised funds, encouraged crowds at ‘63 march

RNS () — For weeks leading up to the March on Washington, the Rev. Perry Smith urged his congregation to … Continued

Reformers want Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking

RNS () — A commission of religious leaders has called for clarity in churches’ ability to endorse candidates and issues … Continued

Trayvon Martin: A son of America, a child of God

Rallies took place in Sanford on Feb. 5, which would have been his 18th birthday. Here, Sybrina Fulton, third from … Continued

NAACP’s William Barber emerges as leader of Moral Monday protests

RALEIGH, N.C. — The throngs of demonstrators who flock to the grassy knoll outside the North Carolina Statehouse each Monday … Continued

Southern Baptists push for more black missionaries

Fred Luter had a lot of firsts in the last year: first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention; first … Continued

What Martin Luther King, Jr. did in Birmingham Jail: The prophet unbound

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was finishing up the “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The “letter” was his answer … Continued

Former National Council of Churches leader Bob Edgar dead at 69

The Rev. Bob Edgar, a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of … Continued

Richard Dawkins goes to the Bible Belt

I had been trying to persuade bestselling author Richard Dawkins to give a talk in my hometown of Charleston, South … Continued

Exhibit highlights blacks’ connection to Scripture

NEW YORK — A new exhibit at New York’s Museum of Biblical Art makes one point clear and inescapable: Biblical … Continued

Making black history for gay rights

Manuel Balce Ceneta AP In this Sept. 12, 2012, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the … Continued

Obama’s use of Scripture has elements of Lincoln, King

President Obama will publicly take the oath of office with Bibles once owned by his political heroes, Abraham Lincoln and … Continued

Obama to use Martin Luther King’s Bible at Inauguration: Remember MLK the preacher

RHS AP Dr. Martin Luther King speaks before the credentials committee of the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City on … Continued

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

AFP/GETTY IMAGES In May, President Obama became the first U.S. president to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex … Continued

At Christmas, the babe in the manger isn’t always white

When the Rev. Kip Banks’ family pulls out its nativity scene each Christmas, the African features of the baby Jesus … Continued