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A month is never enough to celebrate the African-American contribution to our American Experience.

Commemorating the courageous actions and notable achievements of African-Americans in our nation's history can help us all gain a greater vision of the values that make America great. Looking toward the future, America must continue to celebrate those who have forged a way forward in liberty, justice, and compassion.


Recent Posts for Black History Month

The Women of Malcolm X's Legacy

The Women of Malcolm X's Legacy

Margari Hill Often

This month, I'm looking at the many women who were also part of our nation's freedom struggle.

Will Untold Stories End? Black History Month

Will Untold Stories End? Black History Month

Priscilla Pope-Levison

Emma Ray and her husband L.P. experienced conversion to the Christian faith at an African Methodist Episcopal church in Seattle, Washington.

A Feast for Frederick Douglass

A Feast for Frederick Douglass

James Ford

A moment to consider Frederick Douglass' religious views.

A Letter to White Christians on the Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

A Letter to White Christians on the Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

Jennifer Butler

On the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death white Americans are again asked to confront the fact that our history of racism is very much present.

Why

Why "All Lives Matter" Isn't Enough

Christian Piatt

Rather than "black lives matter," we should say "all lives matter." So why is this inappropriate? Actually, there are a number of reasons.

Lincoln, Black History and Church Growth

Lincoln, Black History and Church Growth

Paul Louis Metzger

We need to help our largely white congregations in places like Portland step inside Black people's shoes and see life as they do.

When I Became An Atheist, I Stopped Being A

When I Became An Atheist, I Stopped Being A "Black Man"

Peter Mosley

The concept of the "black man" isn't my creation, it's a creation of society. Understanding it helps us better understand society as a whole.

#RacialJusticeEpiphany

#RacialJusticeEpiphany

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's series on racial justice, black history month and epiphany.

Resources for Black History Month

Resources for Black History Month

Andrew Marin

In the midst of your Black History Month celebrations take time to remember the African-American LGBTQ individuals who shaped our history.

A Lent Where #BlackLivesMatter

A Lent Where #BlackLivesMatter

David R. Henson

In our holy hustle to the Lenten season, I hope that my white brothers and sisters in churches don’t forget that February is also Black History month.

Who Will Today's Black Heroes Be?

Who Will Today's Black Heroes Be?

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Remembering civil rights heroes recalls the importance of #BlackLivesMatter throughout US history, but who will today's heroes be?

We Are All Connected: Rembembering Birmingham

We Are All Connected: Rembembering Birmingham

Dan King

As we observe Black History Month, lets look back at notable African-Americans who have broken through barriers to accomplish great things.

Prior Year's Black History Posts

Muslims in Ferguson: Active Since Day 1

Muslims in Ferguson: Active Since Day 1

Umar Lee

I was on the ground in Ferguson on the first night. I grew up here and have been talking about issues of violence and policing for years.

Martin Luther King's Christian Call and Why It Matters

Martin Luther King's Christian Call and Why It Matters

Edward Gilbreath

In Birmingham, Dr. King went to jail to help make the point that the pursuit of racial unity and justice is an essential part of the Christian mission. 

Shattering the Illusion

Shattering the Illusion

Miles Mullin II

The story of how African American Churches of Christ moved from segregation to independence is the story of American Christianity writ small.

Imam W.D. Mohammed on Religious Freedom

Imam W.D. Mohammed on Religious Freedom

Precious Rasheeda Muhammad

The first in a series on Muslims of black African descent who have contributed to the American religious and historical landscape in a significant way.

The Quandary of African American Evangelicalism

The Quandary of African American Evangelicalism

Miles Mullin II

The racial reconciliation movement of the last few decades demonstrates that there is something that draws evangelicals together across racial lines, and recent historical works give hope that things are trending in a different direction historiographically.

"Racism is a God-Damned Thing": Father John Markoe, S.J.

Pat McNamara

John Markoe, S.J.: football star, soldier, alcoholic, priest, and a civil rights activist a few decades ahead of the rest.

The Freedom Movement Today

The Freedom Movement Today

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

While communities across America are telling neat and clean stories about the 1960s, most of the mainstream media is ignoring the biggest broad-based organizing effort in the South since that time.

Can the Church Live Up to MLK's Challenge?

Can the Church Live Up to MLK's Challenge?

Dan Wilkinson

Will we only speak the right words, or will we take up the challenge that Dr. King posed 51 years ago and live out the love, equality and justice that Christians are called to?

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas

Kathy Schiffer

Had King lived to see the dire consequences of Roe v. Wade, the innocent children torn apart in the womb, he would have applied Aquinas’ logic to this most pressing societal ill.

No Offense: Hating Black History Month

No Offense: Hating Black History Month

Maria Dixon

Despite my forever admiration for my foremothers and fathers, I've realized that I have come to hate Black History Month.

Spiritual Practices to Eradicate Racism

Spiritual Practices to Eradicate Racism

Michael W. Waters

As a matter of the heart, the fight to eradicate racism is a deeply personal, even spiritual, undertaking.

Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall: Claiming our Social Justice Story

Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall: Claiming our Social Justice Story

Carl Gregg

It is vitally important for us to learn to better tell our history in a way that highlights how social justice movements have worked together in coalitions, inspired one another, and laid the groundwork for future expanded visions of social justice.

Recovering Lemuel Haynes: Patriot Hero, African American Pastor

Recovering Lemuel Haynes: Patriot Hero, African American Pastor

Thomas Kidd

Because of Haynes’ remarkable career, and his trenchant criticism of slavery, he deserves more notoriety among Calvinists and evangelicals today.

If King Wrote Us a Letter Today

If King Wrote Us a Letter Today

Gracie Biskie

If King wrote the American church a letter today, I believe he’d have lots and lots of questions with lots of bad answers. 

Race and The Church: We Host a Conversation on Race and Christianity

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