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
Margari Hill Often
This month, I'm looking at the many women who were also part of our nation's freedom struggle.
Emma Ray and her husband L.P. experienced conversion to the Christian faith at an African Methodist Episcopal church in Seattle, Washington.
A moment to consider Frederick Douglass' religious views.
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.
Rather than "black lives matter," we should say "all lives matter." So why is this inappropriate? Actually, there are a number of reasons.
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.
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.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's series on racial justice, black history month and epiphany.
In the midst of your Black History Month celebrations take time to remember the African-American LGBTQ individuals who shaped our history.
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.
Remembering civil rights heroes recalls the importance of #BlackLivesMatter throughout US history, but who will today's heroes be?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Markoe, S.J.: football star, soldier, alcoholic, priest, and a civil rights activist a few decades ahead of the rest.
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.
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?
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.
Despite my forever admiration for my foremothers and fathers, I've realized that I have come to hate Black History Month.
Michael W. Waters
As a matter of the heart, the fight to eradicate racism is a deeply personal, even spiritual, undertaking.
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.
Because of Haynes’ remarkable career, and his trenchant criticism of slavery, he deserves more notoriety among Calvinists and evangelicals today.
If King wrote the American church a letter today, I believe he’d have lots and lots of questions with lots of bad answers.