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Black Church UMC

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

African Americans are a vital part of the tapestry of The United Methodist Church and have played important roles in the development of the denomination in the United States.

Explore this section to learn about African American bishops, pastors, preachers, missionaries and members from yesterday and today.

The Lorraine Motel (now a museum) is the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Photo by Adam Jones, Ph.D., Creative Commons, 2012.

Who We Are

James Lawson: Befriending James Earl Ray After MLK's Death

A United Methodist pastor and close friend of Martin King's explains why he reached out to the man accused of killing the civil rights icon.

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Bishop Delores Williamston is a guest on "Get Your Spirit in Shape."


Meet Bishop Delores Williamston

The Rev. Delores (Dee) Williamston, the first Black woman elected as bishop in The UMC's South Central Jurisdiction, is a grandmother who discovered her call to ministry at a skating rink while supervising a group of 50 kids from her local church.

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