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January 15, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Fifth General Synod of the United Church of Christ., 1965. Pearl ID: 143453

There are a plethora of items in our collection that relate to racial justice, and to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we are choosing to highlight Dr. King’s sermon, "...

December 15, 2020
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Historical Commission, 1982. Pearl ID: 166891

The Presbyterian Historical Society is excited to announce the digitization of records from Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, work made possible by a grant from the...

November 9, 2020

On October 22, PHS welcomed The Reverend Dr. Charles Lattimore Howard for a conversation about Black Theology and its role in mass movements of the past and today.

Black Theology as a discipline can be traced back at least to the civil rights movements of the 1950s and has had a significant impact on seminarians, scholars, activists, and everyone in between since that time period. This conversation will explore the rich history of Black Theology and the theological implications of the Black...

September 1, 2020

On August 27, 2020, David Staniunas and Sonia Prescott led a Zoom webinar that looked at the African American Leaders & Congregations collecting initiative.

In recent years, PHS has brought human and capital resources to bear on collecting records of the African American Presbyterian experience--both the original records of African American congregations, and documentation of people’s lives and ministries. As a corrective measure for what Presbyterian historians have called a “historically...

August 19, 2020

In 1970 the UPCUSA Council on Church and Race issued a $10,000 grant to the legal defense fund of Angela Davis, occasioning a furore inside the denomination that many Presbyterians remain reluctant to mention out loud to this day. In light of the tumult, a group of Black ministers contributed $10,000 of their own back to COCAR, to make the denomination whole.

In September 1972, following the UPCUSA General...

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