Religion has long figured prominently in the lives of Black Americans. When segregation was the law of the land, Black churches, and later mosques, served as important spaces for racial solidarity and civic activity. And faith more broadly was a source of hope and inspiration.

Today, most Black adults say they rely on prayer to help make major decisions, and view opposing racism as essential to their religious faith. Predominantly Black places of worship continue to have a considerable presence in the lives of Black Americans. 60% of Black adults who go to religious services, whether every week or just a few times a year, say they attend at places where most or all of the other attendees as well as the senior clergy are also Black, according to a major new Pew Research Center survey. 

But these patterns appear to be changing. The survey finds that young Black adults are less religious and less engaged in Black churches than older generations.