If you didn’t know, February is Black History Month in which Americans celebrate the achievements of black people as well the overall contributions of black Americans to our country…At my church, we celebrate Black History Month by highlighting notable black people each Sunday of the month. Last week, we highlighted Barry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate and the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold this office, and Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States and first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General, by having youth in the church compose biographies of their lives that they read to the congregation…
Below are seven ways that other churches are celebrating Black History Month….
1. Two Oxford ministers who share Monroe County, Mississippi roots will exchange pulpits at a traditional African-American and a white church on Feb. 16….Read more in “Pulpit Switch Advances Racial, Christian Harmony” on hottytoddy.com.
2. Today at 5:30 pm, the Emmanuel Temple Holiness Church (Alabaster, Alabama) Drama Team will present its second-annual black history drama, “The Cry of a Black Slave, Struggling for the Dream.” Read more in “Emmanuel Holding Black History Drama” on alabasterreporter.com.
3. Today at 10:15 am, Cornerstone Community Church in Hobart, Indiana will be presenting “Celebrating the Heroes of Black Church History” with a special emphasis on Daniel Alexander Payne, sixth bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the first African-American president of a college. Read more in “Celebrating the Heroes of Black Church History: Daniel Alexander Payne” on rpmministries.org.
4. Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois Hosts Free Organ Concert Sunday, Feb 23, 4 p.m. featuring works of African-American composers played by Fisk University Organist & Music Professor Anthony Williams. Read more in “Bethany Lutheran Church Hosts Free Organ Concert Sunday, Feb 23, 4 p.m.” on chicagotribune.com.
5. The transatlantic slave trade and black migration will be explored through a Black History Month program sponsored by the DuSable Museum of African American History, Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago, Illinois) and the Amistad Commission. Read more in “DuSable Museum, Trinity Team Up on Program on Slave Trade, Migration” on suntimes.com.
6. Today, at 5 pm, King Salim Khalfani, executive director of the Virginia State Conference NAACP will be the keynote speaker at 27th Annual Black History Month Program of Union Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Virginia. Read more on dailyprogress.com.
7. On Feb. 23 at 12 pm, Memorial Chapel in Fort Myer, Virginia will host Dr. Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House with a book review following the worship service.
How is your church celebrating Black History Month?
P.S. Please see my latest article on Black History Month “7 Ways Churches, Celebrities & More Are Celebrating Black History Month in 2016 Despite Stacey Dash…”