The goal of this grant program is to support innovative work examining the diversity of Black religious communities and cultures, past and present. Crossroads emphasizes the diverse landscape of African American religions, reflecting the voices and leadership of those not featured in traditional accounts and engages a geography beyond the US, recognizing the historical and contemporary impact of African American religious connections to Africa and the Americas and the influence of immigration from the Caribbean and Africa on religious life in the United States.
The results of the funding will be featured on the project’s digital platform and will provide tools for students, scholars, and interested publics to explore this rich story. The cohort of grantees will have the opportunity to be in conversation with one another and are expected to participate in several virtual meetings with the Crossroads Project team over the course of the grant as they develop their projects.
The project expects to make ten grants total in the 2021-2022 cycle and ten more grants in each of three additional annual cycles.