In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, established "Negro History Week" as the second week of February to honor the contributions of African-Americans and to educate the public about them. In 1970, this week was expanded to a month, and in the 50 years since, February has become a crucial time for all Americans to learn more about African-American history.
During February, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church will be hosting three discussions highlighting Black History, focusing on the experience of African-Americans who have lived in the District of Columbia. We will be hosting speakers from a number of organizations in the DC area:
- On Sunday, February 9, during our Sunday Forum at 11am, Ebonee Davis, archivist from the African American Episcopal Historical Collection at the Virginia Theological Seminary, will offer a presentation on Verna Dozier, a lifelong resident of the District who served as a public school teacher and also wrote numerous books and articles on theology.
- On Sunday, February 16, the Rev. Yolanda Rolle, chaplain at Howard University, will join as our guest preacher at our 9:30am service. Then, our Sunday Forum at 11am will host Jillian Burford of Empower DC, and long-time friend of the parish, Brenda Coakley, as they offer a presentation on the Rev. Alexander Crummel, who helped to found St. Luke’s Episcopal Church here in Washington, DC, helped to found the organization that became the Union of Black Episcopalians, and also promoted pan-African political views that proved influential to later leaders such as Marcus Garvey.
- On Sunday, February 23, parishioner Robert Graham will preach a sermon during our 9:30am service on the theme for Black History Month 2020: African-Americans and the Vote. Afterwards, our Sunday Forum at 11am will continue this same focus.
We invite anyone interested in learning more about African-American history in DC and the Episcopal Church to join us for any and all of these events! If you have any questions, please contact the Rev. Scott Lipscomb at firstname.lastname@example.org.