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