The stories of President George Washington, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and the integration of American public schools all hold a common thread: the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
Stories of the denomination’s history will be shared on Sunday, Feb. 25, during a Black History Month Celebration hosted by the First AME Church of Farmington Hills. The two-year-old congregation meets at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.
Held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the event will feature nationally-known storyteller LaRon Williams, as well as a cast performing dramatic readings. Rev. John Burns II said the church’s roots go far back into American history.
“Richard Allen, the founder of the AME church, eulogized George Washington,” he said. “He became an ordained preacher while he was enslaved. He bought his freedom and his brother’s freedom.”
Rosa Parks was a steward in the AME church, Burns said, and Oliver L. Brown, the “Brown” in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case over “separate but equal” schools, was an AME minister.
“We’ve done a lot to impact growth and development for the betterment of all, and we’re still working for social change,” he added.
The February 25 event will focus in part on history, but also on creating “The Beloved Community,” and “what is it in us that can cause us to be more humane, safer, more loving and free.” Guests will be treated to dinner and invited to participate in table discussions.
Admission is free, but registration is required. Child care will be provided for those in 5th grade and younger. To register, visit evite.me/C42fUeDHnG. To learn more, call 248-797-7554.