It implies that all Black churches share or have shared the same aspirations and strategies for creating cohesive African-American communities.
This is not true, and there were numerous differences found among Black communities which were reflected within their community churches. They were divided along social lines, composed of persons from different economic levels, and maintained varying political philosophies.
In African-American history, "the church" has long been at the center of Black communities.
Slaves had no voice in church affairs and were relegated to the rear of the church or the gallery, as spectators rather than full members of the congregation.Black communities in the inner cities of the United States have traditionally differed from those in rural areas, etc. Franklin Frazier noted, "Methodist and Baptist denominations were separate church organizations based upon distinctions of color and what were considered standards of civilized behavior." Organized politically and spiritually, black churches were not only given to the teachings of Christianity but they were faithfully relied upon to address the specific issues which affected their members.For many African-American Christians, regardless of their denominational differences, Black Churches have always represented their religion, community, and home.This started the emergence of the black church as a separate institution.At the time white southerners still sought to maintain control over African Americans' worship, for both religious and social reasons.