ALC 27.6 Commission on Negro Missions
While African American participation in the Lutheran Church is recorded beginning as early as the 1600s in North America, concerted efforts at evangelism among persons of color within predecessor church bodies of the American Lutheran Church (1930-1960), primarily the Joint Synod of Ohio, did not begin until 1890.

At the 1950 convention of the ALC, a resolution was offered that as of December 31, 1950, the ALC transfer its evangelistic work among African Americans to the Division of American Missions of the National Lutheran Council.
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