In February we celebrate the contributions of Black people. It is a time to reflect on the struggle for racial justice. Our theme in 2021 was “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Memeger is a long-time DuPont chemist at the Pioneering Research Laboratory. He played a crucial role in streamlining the production of Kevlar by discovering a faster polymerization process. Memeger holds fourteen patents for his discoveries. In addition, he is an accomplished artist, taking inspiration from the geometric shapes found in molecular compounds. This 40-minute documentary features an oral history of Dr. Memeger conducted by SsAM member Dr. Jeanne Nutter in 2020.
The Episcopal Church in Delaware is proud to recognize Black History Month.
Two Documentary Films: If you can, find and watch these two inspiring movies.
“My Name is Pauli Murray” is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival
A documentary about a Black, non-binary, writer, activist, lawyer, and priest who became California’s first Black deputy attorney general and the first Black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. Justice Thurgood Marshall referred to Murray’s 1950 book States’ Laws on Race and Color as “the Bible for civil rights lawyers.”
“The Black Church – This is Our Story. This is Our Song” on PBS this month
A two-part series about the 400-year history of the Black church in America, revealing its broad culture, faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change, and its role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power.
Did you know?
Absalom Jones was baptized at St. Peter’s, Lewes.
The Rev. Dr. Absalom Jones (November 7, 1746 – February 13, 1818) was born in Sussex County, Delaware. Legend holds that the Rev. Arthur Ussher, rector of St. Peter’s, Lewes, baptized Jones. The church’s chapel is dedicated in honor of blessed Absalom, Delaware’s Saint.
In 1794 Jones founded the first black Episcopal congregation, and in 1802, he was the first African American to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. Liturgically, he is remembered on the date of his death, February 13, in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer as “Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818.” Click here to read a biography of Absalom Jones on the website of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.