August 18, 2017

A Moment in Black History: Tommie Smith, Peter Norman, and John Carlos

Peter Norman, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics

 For many people, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were just supposed to be entertainers who dazzled us with their speed. But with shoe-less feet, Human Rights Badges on their track suits, black gloved fists, and a long chain of beads around the neck, Tommie and John told the world that Black Lives Matter. In sock-clad […]

A Moment in Black Herstory: Georgia Davis Powers

The Honorable Georgia Davis Powers

Today, on this 11th day in Black History Month, we honor Ms. Georgia Davis Powers. She was the first African American and the first female elected to the Kentucky State Senate. If you google her, you’ll also see that she went to her grave saying that she and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had an […]

A Moment in Black History: Aurther Ashe on Ash Wednesday

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On Ash Wednesday, there is no better person to honor than Mr. Arthur Ashe! Yes, he was an amazing athlete who undoubtedly inspired lots of African American boys and girls to pick up tennis rackets. But we remember Arthur Ashe today because of his fearless efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. We honor him […]

A Moment in Black History: Dr. Vincent Harding

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By The Reverend Kimberly S. Jackson February 9, 2016 I knew him as Uncle Vincent. Others called him dad. Still others called him teacher, prophet, preacher and friend. Today I honor the man who truly believed that we can build a new world. In his revised version of “Jacob’s Ladder,” Dr. Vincent Harding taught us that in […]

A Moment in Black Herstory Month: Sojourner Truth


  Sojourner Truth. Her name says so much about who I pray that we will all strive to be: one who takes rest in Truth.   On this 8th day, we celebrate her courage and wisdom, and give thanks for her clarity of mind. Sojourner Truth lived in a time when being black and female meant […]

A Moment in Black Herstory Month: The Reverend Pauli Murray


For the first Sunday in Black History Month, we celebrate Pauli Murray, the first African American female ordained in the Episcopal Church. A non-gender conforming, Civil Rights attorney, poet, and co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Pauli is celebrated as a saint in the Episcopal Church. While we doubt that she will ever […]

A Black Herstory Moment: Ms. Ethel Mae Matthews

Ms. Ethel Mae Matthews

  As thousands of Georgians brace themselves for the possibility of losing their Food Stamps, we pause on this 6th day in Black History month to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs. Ethel Mae Matthews. Ms. Matthews was one of the most passionate, strategic and successful poverty rights advocates from Atlanta’s Peoplestown Neighborhood. Affiliated with Emmaus House, Ms. […]

A Moment in Black History: Saifa Wall

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Here at the Center, we recently had a discussion over dinner about people who are intersex. So, today, we honor Sean Saifa Wall. Saifa courageously shares his story with parents and pediatric physicians. In an era where binaries reign, Saifa demands that we recognize the complexity of the human body, and stretches the human imagination. We salute […]

A Black History Moment: The Honorable Ernest A. Finney, Jr.

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On this 2nd day of Black History month, we celebrate a fellow South Carolinian and anti-death penalty advocate, The Honorable Ernest A. Finney, Jr. Judge Finney was the first African American to serve as chief justice of the South Carolina supreme court. As the state of Georgia stands ready to execute Mr. Brandon Jones tonight at […]

Former AJEC Chaplain Becomes New Jersey Canon Missioner to Historic Black Churches

During a farewell luncheon, The Reverend Dr. Brian Jemmott (center with bowtie), says goodbye to Diocese of Atlanta colleagues: (LtoR) Arlette Beniot, Dennis Patterson, Kim Jackson, John Thompson Quartey, and Charles L Fischer

The Reverend Doctor Brian Jemmott served as the Chaplain of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center in the mid 1990′s. After several years of faithful service, he was called to parish ministry within the Diocese of Atlanta (most recently he served as rector at Holy Cross). Before leaving Absalom, Father Brian was responsible for overseeing the completion […]