Honoring Black Culture

caines | 5/16/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Camillus House honors seven of Miamis Black churches Cant stop praising his name was one of many selections performed by the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church choir at Camillus Houses celebration of Black Culture, which focused on the role of the Black Church, on May 9. The beginnings of the Black Church in America are as old as America itself. To many the church has always been the social center of Black life and in Miami many of the first Black churches started more than 100 years ago. Each year, Camillus House seeks to chronicle and showcase various aspects of the rich Black experience. According to a press release, the organization has seen firsthand how the Black church cradles, understands and strengthens Black families, often being the turning point for many from homelessness to becoming productive members of society. The churches that were honored at the event included: St. Agnes Episcopal, Historical Mount Zion, Brothers of the Good Shepherd, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church and United House of Prayer For All People. Fred Mims, director of the direct care ministry at Camillus House who has been a member of Mt. Tabor all of his life, said the annual Black Culture recognition events, also allows the community to see that the organization is not just a homeless shelter, but a service provider. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com