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Shrine of the Black Madonna Pan African Orthodox Christian Church

In the late 1960s, the Black Power movement called for African American churches to reinterpret their message in terms of the needs of the Black revolution and economic self-determination. The Shrine of the Black Madonna Pan African Orthodox Christian Church responded to this challenge by espousing a theology and ministry to facilitate the needs of Black empowerment. Reverend Albert Cleage, Jr. (1911–2000) affirmed, “The Black church must dedicate itself to the task of building Black power.”

Origins

The Shrine of the Black Madonna emerged out of the free church tradition of the African American church. The congregation of St. Mark’s United Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan, called Rev. Albert J. Cleage, Jr. to pastor in 1950. Dissatisfied with the congregation’s lack of ...

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