The church has always been the center of the African-American community. During the antebellum era in America, slaves stole away to a secret place answering the call to gathering. Through song and dance they expressed their appreciation to the Lord for making it through another day. Giving encouragement and strength to one another they made plans for the future while worshiping in the hush harbor.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” -Jer.29:11
By God’s grace Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Box Brown were three able to forge a way for us to inherit the privileges we enjoy today.
There were domestic workers, Pullman Porters,meat packers and factory workers who, on Sunday morning, in the cradling arms of the church, were transformed into the deacons, pastor and choir members of myriads of African-American churches established during the Second Great Awakening.
The church, with its amoeba-like movement, has been the voice that calls for justice and peace, the driving force of the civil rights movement.
The church; the social hub, political theater, healing center, music hall, classroom, filling station and reconstruction site for the African-American community.