Throughout American history, funerals have played an important cultural role in African-American communities, serving as meeting places for abolitionists and later, civil rights activists. And as segregated businesses– typically owned and operated by members of the community– they gave African Americans a path to financial independence and political power. Kojo examines the cultural significance and evolving traditions of African American funerals.


  • Suzanne E. Smith Associate Professor of History at George Mason University, author, "To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death"
  • Edith Churchman Co-owner and manager, James E. Churchman Funeral Home, Newark NJ

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