Black History Month is a time each year when our country places a special emphasis on the significance of the beauty, intelligence, and importance of Black People, Black Culture, and Black History in our daily lives. We should celebrate our achievements 365 days a year!
Gammon Theological Seminary has played a central role in helping to shape our Black history. Since 1883, Gammon Theological Seminary has helped to celebrate and equip the Black Church with religious leaders. For over 135 years, Gammon Theological Seminary has always opened its doors to educate all people and has remained committed to equipping the Black Church.
Gammon Theological Seminary not only continues to educate all people, but with equal importance also affirm all people. During this month of February (and beyond), I encourage you to engage museums, stores, television shows, movies, activities, and church services which highlight the beauty, intelligence, and importance of Black People, Black Culture, and Black History. I encourage you to watch the new documentary entitled “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story Of Black Colleges & Universities”. The 90-minute film will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series Independent Lens, on Monday, February 19, 2018. I believe Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s) have held the 2nd most influential role within the African-American Community, the most influential role is reserved for the Black Church in our communities.
The following influential Black leaders were educated at HBCUs:
a) Active and retired Bishops of the United Methodist Church (UMC)
b) UMC District Superintendents and Denominational Executives
c) UMC Senior Pastors of mega-churches and churches of varying sizes
d) UMC Chaplains of Colleges& Universities across the world
Simply put, Gammon Theological Seminary plays an essential role in telling the story of our significant Black History. I invite you to join Gammon Theological Seminary in helping to ensure our wonderful traditions continue in 2018 and beyond…
Grace and Peace,
Ken J. Walden, PhD
Gammon Theological Seminary
Rev. Ken Walden President-Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary