Happy Black History Month everybody.
Unlike King Sunday in January where I know that white ministers and congregations are going to at least nominally acknowledge the day, I don’t hear about white ministers or congregations doing much in the way of recognizing Black History Month. And it makes me wonder…..
Can white congregations honor Black History Month authentically?
And by authentically I mean anything other than (badly) singing a gospel song or two.
‘Cuz let’s be honest….how many denominations in the U.S. split (or nearly split) because of slavery and the Civil War? How many denominations only stayed together because they completely avoided the issues? How many white congregations had “Negro sections” in their sanctuaries?
How many white religious people know why Black denominations (AME, AMEZion, CME, NBC, etc.) exist?
How many white religious people know about the pioneering Black religious people in their denominations?
How often are any of these subjects brought up from the pulpit?
So I”m back at my question…can white congregations honor Black History Month authentically?