Black History Month Calendar February 2020
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
UPCOMING EVENTS Feb. 23rd, Sun  -  African-Americans and the Vote Today, 9:30am Feb. 23rd, Sun  -  Worship Service Speaker – Rev. Dr. Iris Banister, 11am Feb. 27th, Thur - The Underground Railroad Experience, 6 - 8pm, Mt. Olivet Feb. 28th, Fri    -  The Underground Railroad Experience, 6 - 9pm, Mt. Olivet Feb. 29th, Sat   -  The Underground Railroad Experience, 6 - 9pm, Mt. Olivet
The Underground Railroad Experience demonstrate how slaves who were seeking their freedom risk everything to run away from slave owners to northern states. Those escaping utilized songs, a network of secret routes, codes, and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad here at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church is a “storytelling” re-enactment of the Underground Railroad. The visitors will begin their journey by entering through the “Door of No Return.” As this journey begins, visitors become the passengers on the Underground Railroad and are led to Freedom by a conductor . Passengers will hide from bounty hunters, seek refugees in safe houses here in Rochester, cross the river and lake, and then find 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
James Weldon Johnson, Lyrics John Johnson Music
The Black National Athemn “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Lift Every Voice and Sing was written by the noted Black Poet and Civil Rights Leader James Weldon Johnson in 1899. His brother, John, wrote the music for the poem. The originally intent was for Jacksonville, Florida school children to use at a Program Celebrating Lincoln's birthday., February 12, 1900. It was intended to convey a sense of birthright and heritage, but it is referred to as the "Negro National 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, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered; Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last Where 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. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee. Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee. Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand, True to our God, true to our native land
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MLK, Jr. Day January 20, 2020

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 S Martin Luther King, Jr. goes down in history as one of the principal leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King's challenges to segregation and racial discrimination helped convince many white Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and ordained as a Baptist minister at age 18. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 and from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951 now Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York. In 1955, he earned a doctoral degree in systematic theology from Boston University. While in Boston, King met Coretta Scott, whom he married in 1953 . In 1954, King accepted his first pastorate at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Montgomery's black community had long-standing grievances about the mistreatment of blacks on city buses. Heading the year-long bus-boycott against segregation in buses, King soon became a national figure. In 1957, King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization of black churches and ministers that aimed to challenge racial segregation. King and other SCLC leaders encouraged the use of nonviolent marches, demonstrations, boycotts to protest discrimination as well as other nonviolent measures. King and other black leaders organized the 1963 March on Washington, a massive protest in United States history, Washington, D.C., for jobs and civil rights. King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to an audience of more than 200,000 civil rights supporters . The speech and the march created the political momentum that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , which prohibited segregation in public accommodations and discrimination in education and employment. As a result of King's effective leadership, he was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize for peace . Throughout 1966 and 1967 King increasingly turned the focus of his activism to the redistribution of the nation's economic wealth to overcome entrenched black poverty. In the spring of 1968 he went to Memphis, Tennessee, to support striking black garbage workers. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968 .
1964 MLK, Jr.  Awarded Nobel Prize for Peace 1963 March on Washington 1964 Civil Rights Act Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson
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