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African-American Megachurches

  1. Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0011

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gramby-Sobukwe, S. 2011. African-American Megachurches. The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


African-American megachurches in the United States expanded in number and influence beginning in the late 20th century. Sociopolitical movements and public policies created new class dynamics in African-American communities that spurred growth among old and new churches. Thus, contemporary African-American mega-churches, typically wealthy in human and financial resources, are transforming the traditional community roles and focus of African-American churches.


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