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Collection 538 Records of the National Summits on Black Church Development

Identifier: CN-538

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, minutes, promotional materials, audio and videotapes, participants lists, schedules, financial records, evaluations, clippings of media coverage, etc., documenting the 1984 and 1986 Summits.

The records of each of these meetings document not only the planning for the events and the actual proceedings, but also the network of Black Christian leaders thinking and planning together to address the needs of their own churches and communities, the role of the Black church in evangelism and missions, and the place of the Black church within the American church. Matthew Parker is a key figure in both meetings and much of the paper documents are either generated by or written to him; however, numerous other Black Evangelical leaders are correspondents and active participants in the meetings. The audio tapes record the small group sessions for both Summits, while the video footage records the large group sessions and a sampling of the working sessions during the 1986 meeting.


  • Created: 1983-1986

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There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Biographical or Historical Information

Conferences for Black Evangelical leaders; first Summit held June 5-9, 1984, in Farmington, Michigan; second Summit held June 10-14, in metropolitan Detroit; attended by approximately one hundred participants each; featured plenary speakers, Bible studies, and workshops; the goals of the two Summits were to stimulate interaction and cooperation between Black Evangelical leaders, formulate plans to address issues, and produce resources for Black churches and ministries.


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Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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