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By the Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed. Used with permission.
The following are characteristics of congregations that have successfully opened their doors to and attracted substantial numbers of African Americans.
Having African American leadership is a significant element in successfully becoming a racially diverse congregation, but it is not as important as these other factors. Historically, Community Church in New York began to integrate in 1909 but did not have its first African American minister until it called an Associate Minister in 1948; Chicago began to integrate in 1947 but did not call an African American associate minister until 1973. Washington, D.C had an African American religious educator beginning in 1958, eleven years before the arrival of David Eaton, their first African American senior minister.
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