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Black History Month: Let The World Say ‘Amen’

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Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church led by Dr. Kirk T. Houston celebrated Black History Month with an original production depicting the Black journey in America. Written, produced, directed and performed by an abundance of talented members of the Gethsemane church family, the play presented a series of “honorable mention” scenes that began in Africa before capture and the slave trade that brought Africans to the American shores. The play depicted the valiant efforts of enslaved Blacks in liberating themselves and contributing to their freedom. From emancipation to the struggles of Black Americans in gaining citizenship rights, to the art and culture of the Harlem Renaissance, of the 20s and 30s, to the dangers, toils and victories of the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s, and on into the classroom of today’s young African-American student, the play left no part of the Black experience unveiled. As part of the evening’s events, the New Journal and Guide was presented a community service award by Dr. Houston which was received by Publisher Brenda H. Andrews. Gethsemane is located at 1317 E. Brambleton Avenue, and holds three Sunday worship services: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.

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