Black History Month 2020

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Harriet, the movie.
Absalom Jones
Anti-Racism Training

Sharing a few things happening in our diocese as part of Black History Month, and a good quote from Canon Ivey: “Black History is a major part of American history, but was left out of history … If you include Black History, along with Native American and Asian American history with the history of European Americans, you get a complete American history.”

Here’s to getting the complete story.


2/8: Absalom Jones Celebration. Jones was the first as the first African American Episcopal Priest, leading the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. Bishop Gutiérrez will be the celebrant and preacher for the day, the first diocesan bishop to preach at this service. Choir members across denominations will perform at the service, including the St. James School choir and the Camden Brass Ensemble. More details. 


2/11: Free Screenings of Harriet. In conjunction with Black History Month, Regal Theaters will offer free screenings of the movie Harriet Feb. 11 at the Regal UA Riverview Plaza IMAX & RPX on Columbus Boulevard. The free screenings take place at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. each day. Harriet chronicles events in the adult life of Harriet Tubman. More details. 


2/16: Remembering the Life & Ministry of Blessed Absalom Jones at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. Special guest, the Rev. Dr. Eric Lewis Williams, Curator of Religion for the National Museum of African American History & Culture. More details. 


2/22: Rising Up from Oppression: Black Social Justice Movements in Philadelphia. Hear about the important role of two local historically black Episcopal churches in Philadelphia and their role in wider social justice movements. At Church of the Crucifixion, sponsored by RISE. Speakers include Michael Krasulski, Department Chair and Assistant Professor in the Library and Learning Resources Department, the Community College of Philadelphia, and Canon Betsy Ivey.  More details. 


2/29: Anti-Racism Training: Race and History. The first in a four-part series, this interactive workshop that will focus on the roots of slavery in our country; and how deeply ingrained racism became part of the culture in this country. Sponsored by the diocese’s Anti-Racism Commission. More details.