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Communities of Faith and Contemporary African American Life.

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Planting the Vinyards

African American religious organizations have distinguished themselves in the development of congregationally related businesses and endeavors such as bookstores, credit unions, schools, and restaurants. While these operations provide added revenue for church or mosque activities, they are most noted for enhancing communit stability.

Claca Muhammad School Clara Muhammad School on Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE, in Washington, DC

Church schools, businesses, and community development efforts supply powerful lessons about the ways in which communities organize to maximize full human potential.

Model of West Los Angeles Church oif God In Christ Model of West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ and surrounding neighborhood
Photo by Harold Dorwin.

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