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African Americans have played important roles in the development of the United States; the recognition of their roles in growth and development from a historical perspective is an important step in celebrating the contributions of individuals and the collective changes the African American community has brought about. Read more about Black History Month...

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John Wesley's Letter to William Wilberforce
The last letter that John Wesley wrote was to William Wilberforce, a man who had been converted under Wesley's ministry and who was a member of Parliament. The letter concerns his opposition to slavery and encouragement for Wilberforce to take action for change. Parliament finally outlawed England's participation in the slave trade in 1807. The year 2007 marked the 200th anniversary of the the abolition of British-US slave trade.  Read more ...
Racial Protests in the U.S. - Excerpts from Mirror and Beacon: The History of Mission on The Methodist Church, 1939-1968
January 12, 2007
A portion of the book on Methodist history that relates to Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more ...
Source: GBGM Mission News
King's Gospel Message: Love Your Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of God in heaven.… Be perfect, therefore, as God is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-45, 48) Read More ...
Source: UMW
Singing the Church Together: Black History Month

by Rev. Debra Tyree
2/1/09: As you consider ways to celebrate Black History Month in your worship services, explore the rich diversity of hymnody and song that has been born out of the African American experience. Consider the themes and scriptures that will be used during the month of February. Explore the many African American resources in your own denominational songbooks and hymnals that will enhance these themes and scriptures. Read more ...

Sing the World Round!
Global Praiseby Rev. Debra Tyree, Global Praise
1/13/09: United Methodists celebrate Human Relations Day just before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, weaving together Dr. King’s desire for and belief in the “beloved community.”
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Much Overcome, Much To Do
By Yvette Moore
2/1/09: "I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward -- to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. Read more ...
No East or West: Black History Month and The United Methodist Church
by Judith Pierre-Okerson
I grew up in Haiti, a country where a person's skin color did not determine whether one "belongs." When I moved to the United States, it was at first difficult for me to understand the importance of Black History Month. In time I understood why it was necessary to celebrate the achievements of black people in a society where higher education and political, economical, and (I dare add) religious power are considered entitlements for white people, the privileged ethnic group. Read more ...
In the Midst of Today: Black History Month

by Maggie Jackson, PhD
2/1/09: In future years, stories will be written about the living moment when the first African American was elected President of the United States. I, along with many other African Americans, have lived through the turbulent years with only the dream of success, which is now becoming a reality. Read more ...

"An Ever-flowing Stream": February is Black History Month

General Board of Church and Societyby the Rev. Jeff Wells; offsite link to www.umc-gbcs.org
1/26/09: The pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, NY, calls for justice to "roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Read more ...

Further Reflections on Black History Month
February 16, 2007
As we enter into a time of reflecting on Black History, it has become more apparent to me how important it is to remember the reasons for this month. Some, including myself, have argued, "Why only one month?" If you enumerate the activities of any race of people, certainly you couldn't do it in one month. But as I have participated in the ministry of the General Board of Global Ministries, I have been exposed to the numerous ministries around the world, and have come to see the need for a connection with human history, even if it is for this one month. Read more ...
Source: GBGM Mission News

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