In A Bicentennial Commemorative History, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1972-1996 by Bishop J. Clinton Hoggard, former Secretary of Christian Education, George L. Blackwell emphasized the significance of A.M.E. Zion’s schools and colleges when he addressed the 41st General Conference:
The church has no treasure more valuable than the institutions of higher learning founded and nurtured by it . . . The A.M.E. Zion Church has always counted on the marriage of liberal learning and vital piety as being the most profound form of faithfulness in the gospel.
The institutions in this department are: