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May We Forever Stand
Massachusetts Commemorates 400 Years of Black Resiliency
The year 2019 marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans set foot in Jamestown, Virginia. Since then, Black communities have demonstrated remarkable resiliency in the face of cruelty, terror, and systematic oppression. African Americans have not only created pathways to survive but, in many instances, to thrive. Through it all, the Black Church has endured as a beacon of hope and testimony to resurrection. On September 20, 2019, people of faith will gather to honor ancestors, commemorate 400 years of resiliency, and pray for an end to systemic and racial injustice.
All are invited to attend this ecumenical worship service for the praise of God and the celebration of the Black Church. Bishop Claude Alexander has served as the Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the past 27 years, with degrees from Morehouse College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Gordon Conwell Theological School.
The Massachusetts Council of Churches encourages every denomination plan to turn out 100 people for the joint ecumenical worship service.
Find more details on the MCC website.