San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In BHS's current exhibition In Pursuit of Freedom, we see that many historically African American churches figure prominently in Brooklyn's abolitionist movement. In addition to being stops on the Underground Railroad, these congregations took responsibility for the collective welfare of their larger communities, addressing many unmet non-spiritual needs, including education, health, housing, and employment. One hundred fifty-plus years later, many of the same Brooklyn churches continue to thrive and play similar roles ensuring that their communities achieve their full potential.
Our panel will explore the many ways that present-day Central Brooklyn clergy and congregations tackle a range of complex issues. Moderated by Colvin Grannum, President of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, panelists include Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson, Executive Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. Fred Lucas, Senior Pastor, Brooklyn Community Church, and Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, Senior Pastor, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
The Black Church: Faith and Community-Building in Central Brooklyn
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm
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Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) functions as a library, museum, and urban education center dedicated to the people of Brooklyn, providing opportunities for civic dialogue and thoughtful engagement. Each year, 70,000 students and teachers use our innovative programs and resources to learn about American History and scholars conduct important academic research in our Library and Archives. Through partnerships with government and community groups, BHS reaches communities throughout New York City, serving as a hub for information and ideas about Brooklyn and its complex history.
Housed in a magnificent Landmark Building in Brooklyn Heights, designed by George Post in 1878, BHS maintains an important collection of historical manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, paintings, objects, and ephemera dating back to the 17th century. BHS is a long-standing yet modern institution in both outlook and action. We are Brooklyn’s preeminent history center, responsible for preserving and presenting Brooklyn’s history; our collection continues to grow through the acquisition of contemporary and historical works of art, photographs, documents, books, and oral histories.