Black History Matters


During the month of February, we are reminded or perhaps learn new things about Black History. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

Pastor JD Greer from the Summit Church talked this morning about a new life story of an African American I had never heard about, George Lieles, who lived from 1750-1828. George’s life reminded me of Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. 

George is known as the first African American to beordained and the first Baptist to go as a missionary to any other land (Jamaica). Born a slave, he was converted in the church of his master and first taughtthe gospel to his fellow slaves. After he was set free by his master, he became an indentured servant to pay for he and his family’s passage to Jamaica. When his debt was totally paid, he began to preach, baptize and organize churches in Jamaica. George deservedly earned the title “Negro slavery’s prophet of deliverance.”

Things Above celebrates Black History Month and invites you to come into to our store and check out our great selection of gifts and browse the books we have in stock by African American authors such as: T.D. Jakes (Speaks to Men and When Women Pray), Lecrae (I Am Restored), Tony Evans (Kingdom Man), Easu McCaulley (Reading While Black), and the Special Anniversary Edition of The Story of Ruby Bridges. 

And remember…Black History Matters!