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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.

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 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 Environmental Justice Project
  • The Community Education Project provides rights education seminars, capacity-building workshops, and community-based research support to the churches of the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance and to local nonprofit organizations. The seminars address the rights and entitlements of children, the elderly, tenants, homeowners, and at-risk families.

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

Old Smokey Information Sheet

Old Smokey Questionnaire


View the Community-Based Research Working Papers.


Read about the bios, school and documentary film project "G.W. Carver: A Community School" which focused on a local school in Coconut Grove from its inception more than a century ago to its integration in the wake of the Civil Rights Act.


Professor Anthony Alfieri and Jan Jacobowitz talk about the Historic Black Church Project.

Video icon2014 Documentary Film

Old Smokey: A Community History. Because the underlying controversy is ongoing, a second extended version of the film will be produced in early 2015. Thanks for watching.
-Anthony V. Alfieri, Professor and Director, Center for Ethics & Public Service

Video icon2013 Documentary Film, Someday We’ll All Be Free: The Desegregation of Miami

Video icon2012 Documentary Film, G.W. Carver: A Community School

Video icon2011 Documentary Film, Churches in the West Grove History: Past, Present & Future

Video icon2010 Documentary Film, West Coconut Grove: Past, Present & Future