Black History Month

Black History Month



We are called to be a community of faith, a welcome table, that celebrates the rich diversity of its membership as it serves and honors the diverse cultural and ethnic nature of Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
We are called to be deeply grounded in the Word and Witness through the power of the Holy Spirit, being a prophetic voice for justice, healing and transformation.

We are called to manifest the love of Christ as we share our various sources of capital with the community as well as being a witness to God’s reign through celebrative worship and care for one another.


First Baptist Church is known for its cultural diversity. As we continue in this transition, with a goal of unity and fellowship, there will be opportunities provided for celebrating our cultural diversity including African American, Asian Pacific American, Hispanic and Latino American, and American Indian cultures. During the month of February, we will celebrate Black History Month with a special worship celebration on Sunday, February 24 during our Morning Worship Experience at 11 a.m. This special service will be followed by a Soul Food Luncheon (a donation is requested) immediately following in Robbins Dining Hall.

In the United States and Canada, February is Black History Month. It is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in October. Black History Month started in 1926 as “Negro History Week”. Celebrated during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, Negro History Week inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

Thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses, in the late 1960’s.

Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976, where he called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since that time, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The theme for Black History Month 2019 follows “Black Migrations” honoring African Americans in motion — as they moved from the farm to the cities, and from poverty to the national stage in business, politics, literature and the arts.

Join us at the SOUL FOOD LUNCHEON in honor of Black History Month.
Bring a friend or family member to church.  Luncheon served after Sunday Worship Service on Sunday, February 24 at 12:30 p.m. / Robbins Dining Hall / Donations Requested.

Have Questions?  Contact: FBCofLA at (213) 384-2151

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