Johnson students to celebrate Black History month

Johnson University chapel will be celebrating Black History month Feb. 3-5. Chapel will meet in the gymnasium all three days from 9 to 9:50 a.m.

According to Andrew Frazier, who is currently organizing chapel in collaboration with Dean of the Chapel Bill Wolfe during his absence, the theme of the week is the experiences and role of African Americans in the Restoration churches.

The hope of the week is to view the Restoration Movement from an African American perspective and honor their contributions to the Restoration Movement.

“It adds to the cultural experiences and understandings we want to offer our students,” Frazier said. “It gives them an opportunity to learn and study about different aspects of history.”

The keynote speaker for the week will be Jerry Taylor who is an assistant professor of Bible in the department of Bible, Missions and Ministry at Abilene Christian University. Taylor holds a doctorate in ministry and Frazier mentioned that many of Johnson’s faculty and staff who know Taylor are thrilled about his coming.

According to Abilene Christian University’s website, Taylor is a Tennessee native, born in Covington, Tenn. and grew up in Millington, Tenn.

In addition to Taylor, the gospel choir Praise, Honour and Glory from Knoxville, Tenn., will be on campus that week hosting a concert in the Alumni Memorial Chapel on Feb. 5.

Another change is that worship that week will be non-student led. Frazier said that the hope is to find a worship leader from a local church with experience leading in the African American community in order to broaden the cultural experience of the week, though it is still in the works.