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Died: Melvin E. Banks, publisher of black Sunday
School curriculum

(CT) Melvin E. Banks, founder of the largest black Christian publishing house in the United States, died on February 13 at age 86. Banks started Urban Ministries Inc. in the basement of his home in Chicago in 1970, focusing on Sunday school curriculum and Bible study materials for African American Christians. The ministry grew to serve more than 50,000 black churches.

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Dr. Banks received ECPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017