Pastors in Toledo ushered in Black History Month on Sunday by celebrating the history of the African-American church.
At least 25 ministers spoke at their houses of worship on the historical leadership role of the church in the black community as part of “One Church; One Accord.”
The church is the longest-standing institution in the black community and has played a pivotal role in the pursuit of freedom before, during, and after slavery, according to the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio, which organized the multisite celebration.
“The church and its leadership then and now continue to represent the soul of the African American community,” said Robert Smith, the legacy project’s executive director.
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Source: Toledo Blade