Rev. Daughtry's weekly article that appears in the NY Daily Challenge every Wednesday and Friday.


The House of the Lord
Honors
Frederick Douglass

On Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 5:00 p.m., the House of the Lord Church celebrated and paid tribute to Frederick Douglass, our hero. This event was the first of a three-day educational experience in the life and contribution of Frederick Douglass. We called it Freedom Struggles Weekend.

The great-grandson of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass IV and his wife, BJ gave a wonderful artistic re-enactment of his life as a slave and the journey to freedom. The sanctuary was filled with people from all over the tri-state area. Songs were lifted up in praise. It was a wonderful, soul stirring, and educational event with the purpose of educating all, especially people of African-American ancestry, to know the struggle our people endured to make a better world for themselves and generations to follow.

On Monday, February 12, 2007, Frederick IV and his wife addressed the general assembly of two schools in Brooklyn. These schools are located in Bed/Stuy and Brownville and were named in honor of Frederick Douglass.
A luncheon was hosted by Polytechnic University, in Brooklyn, New York which was the former site of the African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church (1854-1938) and the first Black congregation (now called Bridge Street AWME Church). Later in the evening, at 7:00 p.m., Mother AME Zion Church, located in Harlem, pastored by the Rev. Dr. Gregory Smith, hosted a wonderful program.

On Tuesday, February 13, 2007, starting at 9:00 a.m. there were brief ceremonies beginning at the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn, the African Burial Ground and the Manhattan pier to call attention to a marker placed by the NYC Landmarks Commission at the suggestion of Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry. We also viewed the marker of Mother AME Zion, the safe house of David Ruggles, and then there was a special reception at City hall hosted by Council Member Charles Barron and Alan Gerson.

Each day began with prayer and continental breakfast at the House of the Lord Church located at 415 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Pastor.

These past few days were educational, inspiring, and an eye opener. Hopefully, we have accomplished the goal of this eventful weekend. One of the sponsors of the Freedom Struggles Weekend is the Center for the Study of History, Cultural and Social Movement. The center is a component of the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance.
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Organizing Meeting on Darfur
each Thursday, noon to two p.m.
at The House of the Lord Church 415 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
2-13-07