A small number of African-Americans live in Amish communities. The majority of these individuals came to the Amish community through foster care programs. There is no prohibition within the Amish community that prevents African-Americans from joining.
The rites and rituals of the Mennonite Church are similar to the religious practices of the Amish. The Mennonites and the Amish have similar histories and theologies. The major differences center on the fact that members of the more mainstream Mennonite Church make use of modern appliances and conveniences while traditional Amish do not. There are African-Americans who actively participate in the Mennonite Church.