Religion: Backsliding

"White folks got all the money and Negroes got all the religion." This bitter Negro saying may once have had an uncomfortable amount of truth in it, but today, according to the Negro picture magazine Ebony, it ain't necessarily so.

Since the war, says Ebony, "Negroes have been getting more and more money and less and less religion." Few of the 50,000 Negro churches in the U.S. draw regularly more than 40% of their membership on Sundays, compared to 65% a generation ago. The reason: "change in the character of the Negro and lack of change in the character of the church."

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