Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In 2008, the Episcopal Church created an online publication and exhibit called The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Struggle for Justice. The exhibit arose from an institutional call to examine the impact of racism on the Church, and a commitment to uncovering the historical legacy of the Church’s African-American faithful. The Afro-Anglican experience deserves special attention as a way of responding to the Episcopal Church’s wide-ranging call for all Church bodies to address the institutional sin of racism and to develop a multi-cultural historiography for a common heritage. The Episcopal Church reminds us of a need for historical examination of the practice of racism and the impact of enslavement on the distribution of privilege and injustice in our society.