Students and staff of color at LSTC have organized the 2020 Black History Month events around the theme “Celebrating Blackness in White Spaces.”
The theme is rooted in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture campaign launched in 1993 to express the church’s calling to celebrate culture and ethnicity, confront racism and engage in public leadership.
They were further inspired by keynote speaker Pastor Lenny Duncan. He is the author of Dear Church: A love letter from a black preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. and states, “It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on the forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia and economic injustice.”
This multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory celebration includes art exhibits, Afro-centric worship, powerful preaching, Black history through music, and culminates with panel discussions and a keynote presentation by Lenny Duncan.
Celebrate Blackness in White Spaces at these events:
All month - Black Art Exhibit - LSTC lobby accessible during regular business hours: Lobby: 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wed., Feb 5., 11:15 a.m. – Opening worship and kick-off with Bishop Yehiel Curry, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, preacher; LSTC Gospel Choir - Augustana Chapel at LSTC
Mon., Feb. 10, 5:00-6:45 p.m., - “Celebrating Black Presence in White Dominated Spaces” panel discussion moderated by Dr. Marvin Wickware Jr., LSTC assistant professor of church and society and ethics. LSTC Room 350
Wed., Feb. 19, 1:00 p.m. – Lecture on the history of Black art and the special installation at LSTC by Bronzeville’s Gallery Guichard, LSTC Lobby
Thurs., Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. –“The History and Legacy of Black Music – A Journey through Gospel and Jazz” featuring Dr. Keith Hampton, cantor to the LSTC community, and Professor Roxanne Stevenson, Chicago State University - Augustana Chapel at LSTC
Sat., Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Community Health and Resource Fair featuring conversations on issues in Black health, free health screenings and more - Refectory
Mon., Feb. 24 – Thurs., Feb. 27 – Worship at LSTC will feature Black liturgical traditions
Wed., Feb. 26, 11:15 a.m. - Black History Month worship, Rev. Angela Khabeb, preacher, Augustana Chapel at LSTC
Fri., Feb. 28, 1:00-2:45 p.m. – “The Past, Present and Future of Black Leadership in the Lutheran Church,” panel discussion with Pastor Lenny Duncan and student Stephen Styles, LSTC Room 350
Fri., Feb. 28, 6:30-7:45 p.m. – Rejoicing in Blackness! An evening of worship music, dance and words of inspiration featuring Pastor Lenny Duncan and other special guests. Augustana Chapel at LSTC immediately followed by dinner in One West