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. After the abolishing of slavery, African-Americans were not allowed to practice in the same churches as white Americans and created their own churches and communities as a result. Among other religions practiced in the United States, Protestantism has the highest number of followers with a percentage of 46.5%. According to the PEW report, 94% of members of the Historically Black Protestant Tradition are African-American. Mississippi has the highest number of worshipers in the Black Protestant tradition with 24% of the total worshipers.
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
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. The Protestant religion has dominated the state of Mississippi since the 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.
Black Protestantism in Other States
The District of Columbia is second with 23%, Louisiana is third with 22%, and Georgia is fourth with 17%. Other states with above 10% of the total worshipers are Maryland (16%), South Carolina (15%), North Carolina (12%), Virginia (12%), and Delaware (10%). The least Protestant states are Idaho, Utah, Vermont, Montana, and South Dakota with less than 1% of followers.
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%|