Black History Month: 7 pioneering African American clergy

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During Black History Month, it is common for people to look at the milestones and firsts among the African American community. 

As with secular professions, there are many notable milestones for African American clergy in Christian denominations that are historically overwhelmingly white.

While many of these pioneering firsts have happened within the past decade, some took place long before anyone alive today was born. 

The following pages highlight the contributions of seven notable black pastors who paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

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