African American Resources
Echoes, ". . . the curriculum exclusively for the African-American church— highlights the inclusiveness of people of color throughout biblical history. The African-American community will identify with its presentation of the Gospel in culturally relevant ways." (Judson Press)
Urban Ministries Inc. offers, "Christian Education materials are designed to make God’s Word clear and meaningful to everyone, whatever their age or spiritual maturity. We present the timeless truths of the Bible in creative, meaningful formats that are ideal for students and teachers alike." Urban Ministries also offers a wide variety of resources specifically for the African American community. Check it out.
Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Bible Study Based on African American Sprituals by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan and Marilyn E. Thornton
The purpose of the Youth Hope-Builders Academy is to promote the growth and development of Black youth as Christians and to enliven their awareness of and commitment to Christian vocation and practices in the Church and world through hope-filled and hope-building methods.
Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope, by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, Sandra L. Barnes, Karma D. Johnson
Faith of Our Fathers: 8 African-American Men Reflect on Fatherhood by Andre C. Willis (Editor)
Anne Streaty Wimberly
Lee H. Butler
God's Graffiti, Inspring Stories for Teens by Romal Tune
Wake Up: Hip Hop Christianity and the Black Church by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan and Marlon F. Hall (
Melvin Bray: The Stories in Which We Find Ourselves "Beautiful, just, virtuous re-imaginings of Bible classics."
"For nearly a decade, the ministry of Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between music and faith. As artist, this Chicago native has used his unique rhythm to tell stories of deep meaning, inside and out of the church."
Nationwide Faith Based Initiative
"President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class."