You probably knew that an American black athlete won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics, hosted by Alolf Hitler (Jesse Owens). Did you know that the first Christian missionary sent from America was a black man (George Lisle)?
Black History Month is observed in February in the US, UK, and Canada. This is a time when we look at people and events significant to black history. From an evil background of American slavery in the 17th & 18th century Colonies, many people and events glow with goodness–particularly those men and women whose lives were driven by the gospel of Christ.
Indeed, in light of the lingering hostilities from our history, the only true and enduring reconciliation was achieved by the blood of Christ:
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. ~Eph 2:14-16, ESV, italics mine
I have really enjoyed listening to several of these segments from Moody Radio on Treasured Moments In Black History (they have been on WBYN this month aroun 7:40am). Click on the image below and have a listen.