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The Black Church as a Social Welfare Institution: Union United Church and the Development of Montreal's Black Community, 1907-1940

David C. Este
Journal of Black Studies
Vol. 35, No. 1 (Sep., 2004), pp. 3-22
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4129288
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

This article examines the role that Union United Church, the oldest Black church in Montreal, Quebec, played as a social welfare institution from 1907 to 1940 during the establishment of the city's Black community. The Union Church and its affiliated church groups played a significant role in the Black community. As a social welfare institution, it provided the community members with basic necessities, particularly during a downturn in the economy. Social, recreational, and educational activities were organized through the church to promote a sense of community. Through its ministers, community members battled against the "Colour Line" that excluded members of the community from equitable employment and educational opportunities.

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