Black Presbyterian Hall of Fame

What this -- and perhaps every Presbyterian Church -- needs most is a virtual -- digital -- Hall of Fame for its  "Members of Color", world wide, with perhaps an emphasis on African-Americans! 

And that's what "we" have started here, hopefully, with your assistance.  (One of our "members of color" -- I hesitate to call him African-American, because like a number of our other "members of color" he and his 11 brothers and sisters are actually of Jamaican parents, most born there -- prepared a prized montage of Barack Obama, as we are all pleased that the "color barrier" has been broken for the Office of Presidence of the USA -- (sometimes refered to as the United States of Amnesia) -- even if we do not always agree that his politics will accomplish what has been promised, (because of both the Law of Unintended Consequences and the fact the the Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions).

But the "color barrier" -- our church being an exception? -- seems all to present in most Protestant Churches (much of the 34,000 "denominations") -- as it has often been said, especially in the past -- that the 11 o'clock hour on Sundays is perhaps the most segregated hour in America.  And perhaps also in most Presbyterian Churches in general, and sadly of the 134 churches in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, (with indeed some notable exceptions). 

Two of our prize possessions are The First Episcopal District Historical Review of 200 Years of African Methodism, a 512 page hardcover volume about, "In the Beginning, Mother Bethel, African Methodist Episcopal Church", founded in 1787 in Philadelphia, PA; this volume has served, along with the 3- volume Ebany's Pictorial History of Black America, as beginning models for the first two of four or five levels of the Hall of Fame, in depth, of the great contributions of Black Presbyterians: brief histories of "famous" -- and more importantly ought-to-be-famous Presbyterians who are, or happen to me, men and woman of color.  Yet these two brief blended levels are not nearly enough or any digital Hall of Fame, where a "seamless web" of information that knows no boundaries of time and place are now possible.

Therefore, We seek to also provide examples,
  • YouTube performances, that demonstrate their contributions.
  • Examples of their speaking to us today about their Presbyterianism
  • Hyperlinks to their contributions in as great a depth as is possible with the Internet and its Archives, not excluding contriversy.
No whitewash here.

A Presbyterian Hall of Fame obviously suggests it's opposite, a Presbyterian Hall of Shame (perhaps toward Blacks?), which of course must have an otherwise "great and honored" Presbyterian as it's first initiate, (if David and Solomon, both great saints of Israel and sinners can be the apple of G-d's eye, than perhaps Mrs Wilson, who ruled as president for about 18 month when he husband was recovering from a secret heart attach):  then the President of Princeton, President of the United States, and tireless proponent of the League of Nations,  (and racial bigot as with all too many in that time, e.g. Henry Ford?), Woodrow Wilson, (about whom French prime minister said, "God required only 10 commandments, but Wilson Demanded 14.")

However, additionally, consistant with both of the two model printed materials -- and "in tune" with Aaren Coplan's Fanfare for the Common Man -- which we how soon to have on introductory background music here, we wish to honor the unsung (black) common man (and woman) -- people whom you will nominate and recommend -- explicitly Presbyterian, but not exclusively so?

Finally, as Israel has an honorable place where Schlinder is burried in [], so we would like to honor Non-Black Presbyterians who have made great contributions to the lives of their brothers and sisters of color, pehaps especially those on the Underground Railroad and those who legislation, and proposed legislation, sought to aide men and women of color, perhaps especially those who provide health care and education to "Freemen" such as those who founded Lincoln University, as well as other here in America and abroad, such as in Africa.  These Presbyterians should be remembered too in the Presbyterian Hall of Fame toward the Black Man.

Why should the PhillyGoodShephard Presby Church do this?  No other Presby Churches have come forward to do this; and "we" need this in our Urban Missional activities in Overbrook.

If this "neighborhood church" were to identify the one thing it needs more than anything else, it would be members from the Overbrook Neighborhood.

When this church would founded in Overbook, just a little over a hundred years ago -- but not in this J. Addison Henry Memorial Building, which has a century-old cornerstone dated 1911 -- in a era when all churches and synagogues with "neighborhood churches" (without parking lots), most members walked to their houses of worship, or in our case took the equivalent of the number 31 or 64 buses or the Number 10 Trolley.  Attendance was in the hundreds.

Even when the first major wave