The hastag “#AtABlackChurch” was trending much of Tuesday morning on Twitter, with users giving their take on traditions and quirks they believe are exclusive, or most dominant, in churches frequented by African-Americans – but are some of the suggestions simply highlighting traditions, or perpetrating stereotypes?

The African-American Lectionary, a collaborative effort by the African-American Pulpit and the American Baptist College of Nashville, notes on its Cultural Resources page that there are indeed some traits apparently dominant in black churches, such as worshippers lifting a finger in the air to exit the sanctuary.

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