The parish thrived in the forties and fifties, providing a vibrant social life for the local black community as well as actively caring for the poor, all of which surrounded the powerhouse of prayer, devotions and the sacraments which was Queen of Angels. In the sixties, church members participated in the Civil Rights movement; in fact all the African-American churches helped to organize rallies, marches and protests. It is heartbreaking to read how in the seventies the neighborhood sank into misery as crime became more and more of a problem; parish membership declined although the beautiful church of Queen of Angels stayed open for a few more decades. It is now closed.
For an inside look at contemporary African-American history, I highly recommend A Mission for Justice. Dr. Ward's meticulously researched and documented work is a fascinating read which challenges the smug assumptions of both the left and the right.