Chicago Church Tour 2/3: The role of black churches in the Civil Rights Movement was crucial. Black churches were economically connected to their black communities through tithes and association. This situation created a level of black autonomy, where other black organizations were clandestinely controlled or hindered by links to white society. Consequently black churches flourished and evolved into not only a place of worship but as a center for political activism. Civil rights leaders, ministers, and union organizations utilized this platform with remarkable results within their black communities.
On August 24, 1930 at St. Marks M.E. church on Wabash and 50th street, the quinquennial celebration of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids union transpired. Clergymen of this church also served as local vanguards of the Civil Rights Movement. The rector of St Marks M.E., Reverend Clarence Parker was co-chairman of the Civil Rights Congress of Illinois. Reverend John B. Redmond, pastor of St. Marks was an outspoken advocate of better housing on the south side of Chicago, while proposing the beautification of regional black neighborhoods.
Next, see Metropolitan Community Church on 41st and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive