Miami Law Historic Black Church Program

Historic Black Church Program

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"Our intent is to create an archive for all interested churches so that they have a resource to teach the next generation and preserve their history." - Professor Anthony Alfieri, Director, Center for Ethics & Public Service

The program provides multidisciplinary resources in education, law, and social services to underserved residents by establishing congregation-based church partnerships through the West Grove's sixteen-church Ministerial Alliance. It is also expanding to collaborate with additional churches in Liberty City, Overtown, South Miami and other low income communities of color throughout Miami-Dade county.

The program offers University of Miami students and faculty opportunities for civic engagement, service-learning, and community-based research and is comprised of the following initiatives:

The program is comprised of the following initiatives:

  • The Civil Rights Project: The Civil Rights Project works in conjunction with community groups and nonprofit organizations, local residents, and municipalities to conduct research into pressing civil rights matters in low-income and predominantly minority communities. The law student interns conduct research and present findings through educational workshops, as well as draft policy and law reform.
  • The Environmental Justice Project
  • The Oral History Film Project compiles oral history archives for church congregations and ministries through film documentaries with the School of Communication and Ransom Everglades High School.
  • The Social Enterprise Project: The Social Enterprise Project seeks to provide law students with an introduction to the lawyer’s transactional role as counsel to entrepreneurs in both for-profit and nonprofit ventures across local, state, national, and international communities. Students are provided an opportunity to explore the legal and ethical issues of transactional representation, while also studying the practical skills of counseling social and business entrepreneurs.

In the News

"West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods" at WLRN

"Historic Black Church Program's Oral History Film Highlights Desegregation of Miami Schools"

"Students' Documentary Probes History of Coconut Grove School, Segregated Community"

"Center for Ethics and Public Service Joins in Applause for Noted Educator"

"Dartmouth College Students Explore Miami Law Ethics Programs"

"Historic Black Church Program Premiers Documentary Film on the Histories of the West Grove Churches"

"Lessons From the Past" Miami Herald

See Environmental Justice Project in the news