The body of Medgar Evars is kissed by his wife Myrlie at his funeral in 1963.
Reverend Al Sharpton in the pulpit. Sharpton was ordained as a Pentecostal minister at the age of 9 or 10, but became a baptist in the late 1980s.
The recent funeral of singer Whitney Houston was said to have "brought the world to church".
In 1955, the mother of murdered teen Emmitt Till insisted that her son's badly mutilated body be displayed in an open casket at his funeral to show the world the horrors of American racism
Jesse Jackson dropped out of the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1966 to focus on his activist work, but became an ordained minister two years later.
Nigeria's Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which is the largest Black church in the world.
The son of a reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr became pastor of Montgomery's Dexter Avenue Baptist Church when he was only 25 years old.
Though Michael Jackson was raised a Jehovah's Witness and was later said to have converted to Islam, his publicly televised 2009 funeral was steeped in Baptist home going tradition.
Bishop Thomas Dexter “T.D.” Jakes leads the Potter's House, a nondenominational church based in Dallas that boasts over 30k members.
Late activist and former NAACP President Benjamin Lawson Hooks was a Baptist minister and member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
“Watch Night Services,” a gathering at church on New Year’s Eve, dates back to the 1700s. However, the first African-American celebration is said to have taken place on Dec. 31, 1862, as enslaved persons waited to see if the Emancipation Proclimation would really prove true.
A look at some of the iconic images of the Black church.