By Larry G. Murphy,J. Gordon Melton,Gary L. Ward

Preceded via 3 introductory essays and a chronology of significant occasions in black non secular historical past from 1618 to 1991, this A-Z encyclopedia comprises 3 kinds of entries:
* Biographical sketches of 773 African American spiritual leaders
* 341 entries on African American denominations and spiritual organisations (including white church buildings with major black memberships and academic institutions)
* Topical articles on very important facets of African American non secular existence (e.g., African American Christians through the Colonial period, tune within the African American Church)

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