Demonstrators hold a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest against racial inequality after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, in front of the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York in June 2020 [Eduardo Munoz/Reuters]

When Julian DeShazier, a 37-year-old Black pastor, marches in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, he removes his clerical collar – a symbol of authority – and follows the instructions of organisers, many of whom are younger than him, and many of whom are women.

DeShazier and members of his Hyde Park University Church in Chicago, Illinois, decided that the youth, whom he describes as “faithful, but secular”, are “best positioned to lead this movement right now”. The role of the Church is “to

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