Thursday, February 01, 2007

In honor of Black History Month

Little Union Baptist Church is compiling a list of black churches and their benevolent ministries. I'm sure it's a pretty impressive list.

Pastor C.E. McLain reminded me that we often look at individuals during February, but we sometimes forget black institutions like the church, which was the center of the Civil Rights movement. It was the only place blacks could gather for meetings and one of few places black men could hold leadership positions.

As a result, churches were targets of hate. Churches across the south were bombed and McLain's own church was invaded by police department horses. But the church did not back down.

"People could always count on the church," McLain said. "I'm proud of our effort."
Photo: Little Union in 1963. Times archives.

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