Historic Black Church Program

"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 Historic Black Church 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. It is also expanding to collaborate with additional churches in Liberty City, Overtown, South Miami and other low income communities of color throughout Miami-Dade county.

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:

Environmental Justice Clinic

The Environmental Justice Clinic provides rights education, interdisciplinary research, and public resources to low- and moderate-income communities seeking fair treatment and meaningful involvement in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies, including incinerator contamination and industrial pollution. Fieldwork: Coconut Grove Village West, the City of Miami, and Miami-Dade County. Read More.

Oral History & Documentary Film Project

The Oral History & Documentary Film Project compiles oral history archives and produces film documentaries to preserve the cultural and social history of low-income communities of color in South Florida through a partnership with Ransom Everglades High School. Since 2010, the project has produced five films and documenting the history of Coconut Grove Village West, public school segregation in Miami-Dade County, and environmental injustice in the City of Miami. Read More.

Social Enterprise Clinic (not offered in 2017-2018)

The Social Enterprise Clinic provides education and training in the start-up and governance of nonprofit organizations and for-profit benefit and social purpose corporations. Fieldwork: Coconut Grove Village West (e.g., Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, Inc. Greater St. Paul AME CDC) and Little Haiti (i.e., Little Haiti FC Soccer Club).


Application 2017-2018

Community-Based Research Working Papers

View the Community-Based Research Working Papers.

 In the News: Historic Black Church Program

“Center for Ethics & Public Service Honors Attorneys Who Worked to Block Trolley Garage in Low Income Neighborhood” 

Coral Gables settles dispute over trolley garage” – Miami Herald

Coral Gables close to deal on trolley garage” – Miami Herald 

Coral Gables Commission to address power lines, trolley on Monday” – Miami Herald 

Coral Gables postpones decision on trolley-dispute settlement– Miami Herald 

"West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods" - WLRN

“CEPS Engages in Trolley Garage Fight on Behalf of West Grove Residents”

"Dartmouth College Students Explore Miami Law Ethics Programs"

“Miami Law and FIU Partner for the First Time to Develop Education Rights Initiative”

“Health, Nutrition, Education Fair Saturday in Coconut Grove”

“Center for Ethics and Public Service Hosts First Annual Community Health and Education Fair in the West Grove”

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Mailing Address
University of Miami School of Law
Center for Ethics & Public Service
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-8087

Street Address:
1311 Miller Drive, Room G287
Coral Gables, FL 33146-8087
Phone: 305-284-3934
Fax: 305-284-1588
E-mail: Ebonie Carter, ecarter1@law.miami.edu

Anthony V. Alfieri is Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) and Founder and Director of the Historic Black Church Program.