Pastors, Churches, & Communities of Faith

The Religious community of Baltimore has led the fight against inequality, ignorance, and injustice since the first days of the city. During his stays in early-nineteenth century Baltimore, black church folk introduced him to ideas which as much as any other shaped his understanding of the world and his place in it. Simply put, the churches -- Sharp Street Methodist, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal, Ebenezer Baptist, to name but a few -- and church people were the engine which moved most aspects of black life in Baltimore City. Perhaps the heyday of the black church community of Baltimore was the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, insomuch as churches enjoyed membership, cohesiveness, and a position of unchallenged leadership on levels unreached by other generations.

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