Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities
A Project of the Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD)
"More than a century after the publication of The Souls of Black Folk...the church remains at the center of African American social life. However, like other aspects of social history, much of the history of religious institutions is “disappearing beneath our feet,” because not enough is being done to collect and preserve the primary evidence of the work of the church and to make this archival information available to established and budding 21st-century scholars. Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities promises to help address this problem through the collection and preservation of archival material related to the history of these institutions in Greater Cleveland..."
— Dr. Regennia N. Williams (Read the entire essay)
- 2016 Women's History Month Archival Gems, Part I: The Women and Spirituality Symposium, Souvenir Program Booklet (2009)
- 2016 Women's History Month Archival Gems, Part II: The Women and Spirituality Symposium, Newsletter Keepsake (2009)
- Traditions & Beliefs, Spring 2016 - Women's History Month Issue
- Traditions and Beliefs "Jubilees to Jazz" Winter 2016 Workshop Newsletter
- Special 2016 African American History Month Newsletter: James Cleveland and GMWA
- Souvenir Program Booklet for Spiritual Gifts' 2015 European Tour
- Traditions and Beliefs, Winter 2016
- 2014 Black History Month Program: "Music for Piano and Violin"
- 2013 Duke Ellington Project: "From Grace Cathedral to Trinity Cathedral and Beyond"
The Negro Church of Today...
...is the social center of Negro life in the United States . . . Various organizations meet here, -- the church proper, the Sunday-School, two or three insurance societies, women's societies, secret societies, and mass meetings of various kinds. Entertainments, suppers, and lectures are held beside the five or six regular weekly religious services. Considerable sums of money are collected and expended here, employment is found for the idle, strangers are introduced, news is disseminated and charity distributed. At the same time this social, intellectual, and economic center is a religious center of great power.
— W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1903