In April of 1968, just before Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, he marched with disenfranchised sanitation workers in Memphis, TN.
In a cooperative effort the Episcopal Networks Collaborative have announced a joint social justice education program. The three networks are the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (ENEJ), the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) and the Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN).
More than 130 Episcopalians gathered on February 22 at St. James, Houston, to celebrate Absalom Jones, the Episcopal Church's first African-American priest. Six of the Diocese's seven African-American clergy joined the celebration.
St. Luke the Evangelist Episcopal Church began as a mission under the name, St. Clements Episcopal Church in 1923.
Today, the legacy of these many pioneering Episcopalians continues with a church family that comes from different ethnic, social and economic backgrounds, but who are knit together by the Holy Spirit.
As the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, they stepped on foreign soil straight into a system that would redefine who they were and what they were.
Watch a video of Episcopalians reflecting on Black History and the need for continued vigilance for civil rights.
Videos, discussion points and other resources are available for use in observing Black History Monday and Absalom Jones Day on February 13.