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Station 6- Jim Crow, 20th Century, and White Supremacy

Thursday, February 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Room 205, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois

Repeat Presentation
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Room 101, Northwestern University Black House
1914 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois

Participants will experience:

  • The collective Black Baptist Church & Black Baptist convention movement (movement that brought into existence the National Baptist Convention, Inc.) was largely constituted by women. In this historical moment, women were crucial to broadening the public reach of the church and making it the most powerful institution of racial self-help available to the African American community
    • Church women contested racist ideology by demanding anti-lynching legislation
    • Church women demanded an end to segregation laws
    • Church women expressed their discontent with racial and gender discrimination
    • Church women advocated voting rights, equal employment opportunities and equal education opportunities
    • Church women went into communities – as organizers – knocking door-to-door, determining the needs of newly-migrated Black folks to the North so that they could create church-based programming to fit the needs of their community
    • Church women also restricted grassroots people with respectability commands
  • While Black churchmen recognized the importance of women’s active role in racial self-help, male-biased traditions/rules of decorum sought to mute Black churchwomen’s voices
  • In the decades following Reconstruction, Black churches had a booming expansion of capacity to educate Black men and women – largely through Southern Black schools and colleges
  • Social science research during this period reinforced the idea that Christianity subverted Black resistance and pacified urban Blacks and newly-arrived Black immigrants into focusing on ‘other-worldly’ concerns, ignoring the injustices that faced them daily
  • Marcus Garvey began rallying working-class Blacks in New York and throughout the country with his appeal to Black pride, economic independence, and racial self-determination
  • (Labor leadership) The First International Congress of Working Women met in DC in 1919. Mary Church Terrell and other Black women attempted to make its programming more relevant to Black workingwomen
February 15, 2018

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

In recognition of the 2018 Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and numerous Evanston churches and organizations have worked in collaboration to create this Evanston community project. Using the Stations of the Cross to situate the history of Black Americans, participants will experience Black history from the origins of humankind in Africa to as recent as NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Through various productions and representations such as historical texts, art, photographs, artifacts, teaching, preaching, bible study, and scripture, we will explore and discuss key historical moments and movements in Black lives.

Sponsored by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, this project aims to:

  • Find, develop, and deepen leaders
  • Educate and reeducate the Evanston community, particularly the youth, on Black history
  • Build productive relationships and collective power between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Evanston churches, and councils interested in the thriving of black people