Black history and the SBC: Need for more study noted

 
EDITOR'S NOTE: February is Black History Month. Black History Month gives Americans a yearly spotlight on such key figures in U.S. history as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. Few Southern Baptists, however, have considered key African-American figures in SBC history like Garland Offutt, Emmanuel McCall and Fred Luter—the first African-Americans, respectively, to attend a Southern Baptist Convention seminary, serve on an SBC entity staff and be elected SBC president. Yet some Baptist historians ...

Shiloh shows that racial unity is not an unattainable goal

 
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Florida Baptist Witness told the story of how Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville and Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park were planning to merge in our Sept. 11, 2014, print edition. This article from Baptist Press shows what has happened since that time. Tami and Roger Clemmons searched more than a year for a church home after moving from Georgia to the Palm Coast area in 2014. Nothing seemed to fit the couple's desire for racial diversity coupled ...

FIRST PERSON: Finding reasons to celebrate our diversity

 
EDITOR'S NOTE: Feb. 12 is Racial Reconciliation Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention. "The beauty (and effectiveness) of Southern Baptists is their diversity," I wrote in a column after my first Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore in 2014. I was amazed that so many different personalities comprised this group of evangelicals known as the SBC. However, I have not always prized diversity. As one of the few half-black girls in the predominately white school, church and extended family I grew up in, ...