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Black Americans, history and religion

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{{Cquote|[[Christianity]] has played a central role in African-American life from the late 18th century to the present. Black churches raised funds for fugitive slaves, served as schoolhouses, and provided space for political meetings and activities, among other functions. Leaders of black congregations such as Richard Allen or Daniel Payne were often leaders of the broader black community. The spiritual messages of redemption and justice appealed to a people who experienced the brutality of slavery and the indignities of [[Jim Crow ]] segregation laws.<ref>[ Black atheists matter: how women freethinkers take on religion] by Cristopher Cameron</ref>}}
== Abolitionist movement and religious conservatives ==
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