February 8: Scholars danced and sang to upbeat gospel music as part of a Sunday morning service at First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church of Los Angeles. The church is the oldest African-American founded church in Los Angeles. Started in 1872 as a small congregation by Ms. Biddy Mason, a California entrepenuer, philanthropist and former slave, the church now has over 19,000 members.
The church’s pastor, Rev. J. Edgar Boyd warmly welcomed Scholars to the worship service.The service included dance performances, gospel singing and a powerful sermon from Rev. Boyd.
After the service, FAME graciously hosted scholars for lunch, which gave Scholars the chance to interact with the community. Scholars learned from the church’s youth about what Black History Month meant to them in a discussion following the lunch. Overall, the visit allowed scholars to experience unique aspects of African-American religion and culture and understand the significance of Black History Month.