Black History Month

   African Americans are a vital part of the United Methodist Church's tapestry and have played important roles in the development of the denomination in the United States since 1758.

   Explore this page on the UMC website to learn about African American bishops, pastors, preachers, missionaries, and members from yesterday and today.

African Americans & the UMC

In celebration of Black History and Women’s History months, Ask The UMC remembers four of the pioneering and groundbreaking Black women in U.S. Methodist history in a two-part series.

Part 1 celebrates Ida Bell Wells-Barnett and Mary McLeod Bethune.

Part 2 celebrates Rev. Sallie Crenshaw and Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly.

   Project 2-3-1: 2 Boxcars, 3 Blocks, 1 City is a 75- minute award-winning documentary film that begins with Civil War “contrabands,” who were the first African Americans to Elgin, and continues to the present day.

   The film is filled with enthralling stories, amazing history, and wonderful photographs that tell a rich history. The film was produced in partnership with Grindstone Productions, Elgin Area Historical Society, and Elginite Ernie Broadnax.

   Learn more by visiting the Project 2-3-1 Facebook Page or watch the entire documentary on the Elgin Area Historical Society's YouTube Channel


Project 2-3-1: Act 1

   As part of the Black History Month celebration, Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin invites the community to a virtual, multimedia exhibit that honors some of the most influential Black Americans and their contributions to humanity.

   Experience the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Barack Obama, and many more notable leaders brought to life with historical video and audio clips and other media.

   Too often, the accomplishments of African Americans have not received adequate notice in U.S. history books and classrooms. That is why historian Carter Woodson first proposed a weeklong focus on black history in 1926. The first U.S. celebration of Black History Month happened decades later. 

   We invite you to take a short quiz about African American history in the U.S. and in The United Methodist Church. We encourage you to share the link with others and compare your scores! After you take the quizreview the complete answers and learn more.

Below are links to several movies and pages that can be used for discussions and studies. Click on each photo to be taken to the appropriate link.

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