Feb. 2020 Celebrate Black History Month with Grace
Celebrate Black History Month with Grace
Grace Church celebrates Black History through a series of enriching events.
Parishioners are invited to wear African garb or any combination of African colors
—red, green or black—on all four Sundays in February.
Dr. Nell Braxton Gibson, Civil Rights activist, former national coordinator for the Episcopal Urban Caucus, past chair of the Diocese of New York’s Committee on Reparations for Slavery, recipient of the Bishop’s Cross for her tireless service in the struggle for racial equality and social justice, and the author of Too Proud to Bend: Journey of a Civil Rights Foot Soldier, will inspire us with her insights and unique perspective as our dynamic guest speaker during the 10 am service.
Exploration of Black Art & History
During a special Coffee Hour, our very own Tiffany Bradley will share her insights on contemporary Black art and dance. Tiffany is an art critic, the daughter of parishioner Brinda Bradley, and a Fulbright Scholar in Museum Studies. She founded Colored Criticism to expand the narrative around art and cultural heritage. During this hour, Tiffany will screen short art films and discuss upcoming exhibitions in the NYC area.
At 4 pm in the Parish Hall, experience the screening of Harriet, the 2019 film biography of slave-turned abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who personally freed more than 70 slaves on the Underground Railroad.
Book Club Discussion
Join the Grace Church Book Club on February 11, at 7 pm in the church library to discuss INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter. Carter tells the complex story of his grandmother in the 1930s—a black woman, prosecutor, Smith College graduate and granddaughter of slaves. Come for an enlightening conversation even if you haven’t read the book.
Our celebration continues with meaningful hymns and personal expressions through African garb or a combination of African colors—red, green or black—worn by parishioners.
Join us in culminating a month of honoring Black History with thought-provoking remarks by The Hon. Delores Brathwaite, Greenburgh Town Justice and long-time Grace Church parishioner, who returns as guest speaker during the 10 am service. Internationally renowned tenor Everett Suttle also returns as featured guest soloist. A joyful celebration of food and refreshments reflecting our extraordinary diversity follows the service. To contribute to our culinary spread, please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
A heartfelt thanks to all who have helped to make this another celebration to be remembered!
Marie Barrow and Karen Odom