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A Religious Portrait of African Americans (Wash Post)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

[Editor's note: Dashboard charting problem: how to show over 70 percentage-based statistics parsing how religious African Americans are compared to the total population. Solution: Field of small multiples with filled rectangles proportional to the percentage measure. I think this graphic is effective, do you?]

Republished from The Washington Post.
Originally published:14 February 2009. Graphic by Tobey.
Related article: Hymn’s Power As Black Anthem Endures

A report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that African Americans are demonstrably more religious on a variety of issues than the U.S. population as a whole. The forum looked at the level of affiliation, church attendance, frequency of prayer and the importance of religion to someone’s life. Here is a snapshot of the major findings:

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Related article: Hymn’s Power As Black Anthem Endures

By Adelle M. Banks

Religion News Service
Saturday, February 14, 2009; Page B07

When the Rev. Joseph Lowery was chosen to offer the closing prayer at President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, he knew which hymn he would borrow to start his prayer.

“God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far along the way,” he prayed, invoking the third verse from “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the hymn that’s long been considered the unofficial black national anthem.

“Thou who has by Thy might, Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray.”

The words rang out across the Mall that day, and again the next day at the Washington National Cathedral in the sermon preached to the new president. For more than a century, they have been used to mark special occasions, including the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and have become a staple for Black History Month each February.

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