Former President Obama Shares Reflections on the Power of the Black Church
This week, our former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has resurfaced in Illinois to share a vision for our country’s future. During his historic Presidency, he has also reminded us of the history, the importance, and the power of our beloved Black Church. Please read more below.
Nothing symbolizes the spirit of America and the resilience of its African American citizens more than the Black church. During slavery, churches were built by Blacks seeking liberty. Even when bombed, ambushed, or burned to the ground by those seeking to promote an agenda of hatred, the church continued to rise up again from the ashes in the name of all that is good and of God.
In defiance of laws which banned blacks from worshipping together, Black citizens somehow found a way to do so. When there was a righteous movement to dismantle Jim Crow and other systems which threatened to oppress millions and tear away at the very fabric of our nation, men of God organized from church pulpits; marches began from church steps.
As former President Barack Obama reflected:
“The Black church is and always has been the center of African-American life, a place to call our own in a too often hostile world; a sanctuary from so many hardships. Over the course of centuries, Black churches served as “hush harbors” where slaves could worship in safety; praise houses where their free descendants could gather and shout ‘Hallelujah!’ Rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad; bunkers for the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement.
Black churches have been, and continue to be, community centers where we organize for jobs and justice, places of scholarship and network, places where children are loved and fed and kept out of harm’s way, and told that they are beautiful and smart, and taught that they matter. That’s what happens in church.
Our beating heart: that’s what the Black church is; the place where our dignity as a people is inviolate. It is a sacred place…not just for blacks, not just for Christians, but for every American who cares about the steady expansion of human rights and human dignity in this country; a foundation stone for liberty and justice for all…That’s what the Black church means.”
There is no place in America like the Black Church. While many Americans are losing faith and churches shut their doors, the black church is still holding on and going strong around the world: and saints in even the most remote parts of Africa are asking for churches to be built.
The church challenges us to grow to be our best. It is a place where we can find out why we are here and what we are made of. It is a place where we can journey to the depth of our soul, and rise to the unlimited height of our spirit. The Black Church provides us with that which no other entity can: with comfort and inspiration from the spoken word of God, with shelter and rest from adversity and oppression, with the ability to access God’s miracle-working power, and with family, love, and inspiration to keep us going another day.
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 – Clementa Pinckney Eulogy transcript, courtesy, Whitehouse.gov (accessed 6/29/2015). https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/26/remarks-president-eulogy-honorable-reverend-clementa-pinckney.
IMAGE: Obama Family attends service at historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Virginia. Photo, Pete Souza.