Sunday evening a loud message rang out near the Dorr- Collingwood corridors that stood head and shoulders above the everyday celebration of the AFRICAN Diaspora in and around church as usual.
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance held its annual Black History Month celebration at Warren A. M. E. Church that would bring ministers and clergy from all points of the city of TOLEDO. It was notable that the theme of the service in this year’s centered around unity. It was “ Many U it’s as One Remembering our Legacy”.
The service started out with a spirited Bishop Thomas Mitchell, who was the Expediter for the evening and Old Testament scripture by Elder Prentiss Anderson, New Testament scripture was read by Rev. T. K.Barger. The prayer was given by Rev. Larry Clark and selections were provided by the St. Paul Baptist Church Choir. Pastor Lee Williams gave the Statement of Purpose and Rev. Amariah McIntosh introduced the Speaker for the evening, who was Pastor Dr. James WIllis, Sr. of the St. Paul Baptist Church. The subject of his message was YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH”!
This celebration service was also considerate and paid homage to Black Businesses in the TOLEDO area. They were Olivia Holden of Assets TOLEDO, Roy Hodge of the African American Chamber of Commerce, and Avis Files of Brotherhood United. The evening was an evening well spent with the ministers and community to remind each of THE STRENGTH IN OUR PAST THAT GIVES US FAITH IN OUR FUTURE! Congratulations to Rev. Cedric Brock and the I. M. A. for an evening well spent in honoring the pioneers of our past! May God continue to bless you and the mission!