TheUndergroundRailroadExperiencedemonstratehow slaveswhowereseekingtheirfreedomriskeverythingtorunaway fromslaveownerstonorthernstates.Thoseescapingutilized songs,anetworkofsecretroutes,codes,andsafehousesknown as the Underground Railroad. TheUndergroundRailroadhereatMt.OlivetBaptistChurchisa“storytelling”re-enactmentof theUndergroundRailroad.Thevisitorswillbegintheirjourneybyenteringthroughthe“Door ofNoReturn.”Asthisjourneybegins,visitorsbecomethepassengersontheUnderground RailroadandareledtoFreedombyaconductor.Passengerswillhidefrombountyhunters, seekrefugeesinsafehouseshereinRochester,crosstheriverandlake,andthenfind Freedom (Rochester/Canada). Save the Dates: Feb. 27, 2020 6pm – 8pm Feb. 28, 2020 6pm – 9pm Feb. 29, 2020 6 pm – 9 pm Where: Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. Rochester, NY Admission: $5.00 Proceeds will go to our Children’s Ministry Cultural Enrichment Trip to The African American History Museum in Washington DC
The Black National Athemn“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
LiftEveryVoiceandSingwaswrittenbythenotedBlack PoetandCivilRightsLeaderJamesWeldonJohnsonin 1899.Hisbrother,John,wrotethemusicforthepoem.The originallyintentwasforJacksonville,Floridaschoolchildren touseataProgramCelebratingLincoln'sbirthday.,February 12,1900.Itwasintendedtoconveyasenseofbirthright andheritage,butitisreferredtoasthe"NegroNational Anthem."Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,Ring with the harmonies of liberty;Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,Let us march on till victory is won.Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet,Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,Wehavecome,treadingourpaththroughthebloodofthe slaughtered;Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at lastWhere the white gleam of our bright star is cast.God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,Thou Who hast brought us thus far on the way;Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light,Keep us forever in the path, we pray.Lestourfeetstrayfromtheplaces,ourGod,wherewemet Thee.Lestourhearts,drunkwiththewineoftheworld,weforget Thee.Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,True to our God, true to our native land
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
Strong In The Lord
MLK, Jr. DayJanuary 20, 2020
T H E L I F E A N D L E G A C Y O F
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A N D H I S C O N N E C T I O N T O C R C D SMartinLutherKing,Jr.goesdowninhistoryasoneoftheprincipalleadersofthecivil rightsmovementintheUnitedStatesandaprominentadvocateofnonviolentprotest. King'schallengestosegregationandracialdiscriminationhelpedconvincemanywhite Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States.KingwasborninAtlanta,Georgia,andordainedasaBaptistministeratage18.He graduatedfromMorehouseCollegein1948andfromCrozerTheologicalSeminaryin1951nowColgateRochesterCrozerDivinitySchoolinRochester,NewYork.In1955,heearneda doctoraldegreeinsystematictheologyfromBostonUniversity.WhileinBoston,Kingmet Coretta Scott, whom he married in 1953.In1954,KingacceptedhisfirstpastorateattheDexterAvenueBaptistChurchin Montgomery,Alabama.Montgomery'sblackcommunityhadlong-standinggrievances aboutthemistreatmentofblacksoncitybuses.Headingtheyear-longbus-boycottagainst segregationinbuses,Kingsoonbecameanationalfigure.In1957,Kinghelpedfoundthe SouthernChristianLeadershipConference(SCLC),anorganizationofblackchurchesand ministersthataimedtochallengeracialsegregation.KingandotherSCLCleaders encouragedtheuseofnonviolentmarches,demonstrations,boycottstoprotest discrimination as well as other nonviolent measures.Kingandotherblackleadersorganizedthe1963MarchonWashington,amassiveprotest inUnitedStateshistory,Washington,D.C.,forjobsandcivilrights.Kingdeliveredhis famous"IHaveaDream"speechtoanaudienceofmorethan200,000civilrights supporters.Thespeechandthemarchcreatedthepoliticalmomentumthatresultedinthe CivilRightsActof1964,whichprohibitedsegregationinpublicaccommodationsand discriminationineducationandemployment.AsaresultofKing'seffectiveleadership,he was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize for peace.Throughout1966and1967Kingincreasinglyturnedthefocusofhisactivismtothe redistributionofthenation'seconomicwealthtoovercomeentrenchedblackpoverty.Inthe springof1968hewenttoMemphis,Tennessee,tosupportstrikingblackgarbageworkers. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968.