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From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in the San Francisco Bay Area 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Guest speaker: Martha Taylor

  • Doors open at 7 p.m. 


NOTE our new meeting location: Newman Hall, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California (at Webster)

Author, historian, and minister Martha C. Taylor draws on extensive resources, interviews, church records, and newspaper articles in From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond 1849-1972 (Resource Publications, 2016), a pioneering, epic, and groundbreaking book that fills a huge void in American religious history, black religious history, and traditions of the black church.She captures the joys, frustrations, and unity of black people who left the segregated Deep South and came to the Bay Area seeking freedom only to face similar adversities of segregation, racism, housing discrimination, KKK threats of violence, and other socio-political barriers. Remarkably, these early pioneers brought their culture, traditions, and experiences from the South and built a strong vibrant religious community. 

Martha C. Taylor is a longtime resident of Oakland whose parents were part of the Great Migration. She is dually ordained as an American Baptist and Presbyterian minister. She also serves on the pastoral team at the historic Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, as the church historian, and is the national historian for the Progressive National Baptist Convention in Washington, D.C.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers. Paid parking at CPMC on Webster, one block away, plus a limited amount of street parking. Muni: 1, 2, 3, 10, 22, 24.

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