Protestantism was formed as a movement against what its followers considered to be errors in the Roman Catholic church. Adventism, Baptists, Quakers, Methodism, Anglicanism, Pentecostalism, Evangelical, and Lutheranism constitute Protestant Christianity.
Protestantism Among African-Americans
After the abolishing of slavery, African-Americans were not allowed to practice in the same churches as white Americans. African-Americans created their own churches and communities as a result.
Among other religions practiced in the US, Protestantism has the highest number of followers with a percentage of 70.6%. According to the PEW report, 94% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition are black. The white race constitutes 2%, Latino 3%, and Asian are less than 1%.
The denominations considered Black Protestant include African Methodist Episcopal Church, National Baptist Convention, Church of God in Christ, Progressive National Convention, National Baptist Convention of America, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
In terms of gender, the Black Protestant Tradition has more women than men. 59% of the followers are women while men constitute 41%. Most of the followers are aged 30-49 years, followed by those between 50-64 years old. The young generation between 18-29 years records the lowest percentage of 20%.
Black Protestantism in Mississippi
Mississippi has the highest number of worshipers in the Black Protestant tradition with 24% of the total worshipers. The District of Columbia is second with 23%, Louisiana and Georgia are 3rd and 4th with 22% and 17% respectively. Other states with above 10% of the total worshipers are Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The growth of cotton in Mississippi after 1815 saw many Anglo-Americans come to the state, most of whom were Protestants. Due to this, there was rapid growth of Protestant churches in Mississippi and its neighboring states. Independent Black churches were established to teach the Blacks’ conservative ways. The churches spread to other southern states like Georgia, Alabama etc. The Black Protestant religion became influential and the south became known as the “Bible Belt.” Since then, black conservative Protestant churches have grown rapidly in Mississippi. Other religions such as Islam and Hinduism have less than 10,000 followers in total. The southern states have the least recorded percentages of followers of the Catholic denomination.
Mississippians are reportedly the most religious people in the US. 83% of Mississippians are Christians of which 70% are followers of the Black Protestant Tradition. Protestant religion has dominated the state of Mississippi since late 18th century.
In Mississippi, the Baptists are the leading denomination of all Black Protestants. There are reportedly over 2000 Baptist churches in Mississippi. A great percentage of over 55% of Mississippians claim affiliation with Baptist churches.
The least Protestant states are Idaho, Utah, Vermont, Montana, and South Dakota with recorded 1% of followers.
Other states that have dominant religious groups are Rhode Island and Utah. Rhode Island has the highest percentage of Catholics while Utah has the highest percentage of Mormons.
US States by Historically Black Protestant Population
|Rank||State||% of Adults Who Are Historically Black Protestant (Source: PEW Research Center)|
|2||District of Columbia||23%|
|48||South Dakota||< 1%|