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Events at Abyssinian Baptist Church

Abyssinian has always been a church whose presence extends beyond the church walls out into its Harlem neighborhood and the broader community.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." –Ecclesiastes 3:1

Women’s Week 2016: Church Ladies: Book Signing and Discussion

Celebrate the distinguished Abyssinian Baptist Church Ladies during the Powell era. See them through the eyes of their descendants and the author, Dr. Martia Goodson.

“Full of moving personal stories that together paint a vivid picture of the culture of a significant institution during a period of dramatic change. .. A wealth of rich material.” – Kirkus Reviews

More than simply ushers and Sunday School teachers, the women of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church were influential leaders in the congregations of Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Senior and Junior. Church Ladies: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era explores their lives at the church, and their roles in a movement that took them and their pastor, the fiery Powell Junior, from protests for jobs on Harlem’s 125th Street in the 1930s to demonstrations for justice in the halls of the United States Congress in the 1960s.

Testimony from over a dozen little-recognized women paints an authentic picture of that historic church and the struggles against Jim Crow. It also sheds light on Powell’s social and legislative impact on the American nation at a time of strict racial segregation and unchecked racial violence. It was time when the Church Ladies and all of Black America whispered and shouted, Give ‘em hell, Adam!

“Tea time” refreshments to follow.

Sunday, March 6th 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunday, March 6th 2016 2:00 pm Sunday, March 6th 20163:00 pm America/New_York Women’s Week 2016: Church Ladies: Book Signing and Discussion Celebrate the distinguished Abyssinian Baptist Church Ladies during the Powell era. See them through the eyes of their descendants and the author, Dr. Martia Goodson. “Full of moving personal stories that together paint a vivid picture of the culture of a significant institution during a period of dramatic change. .. A wealth of rich material.” - Kirkus Reviews More than simply ushers and Sunday School teachers, the women of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church were influential leaders in the congregations of Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Senior and Junior. Church Ladies: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era explores their lives at the church, and their roles in a movement that took them and their pastor, the fiery Powell Junior, from protests for jobs on Harlem’s 125th Street in the 1930s to demonstrations for justice in the halls of the United States Congress in the 1960s. Testimony from over a dozen little-recognized women paints an authentic picture of that historic church and the struggles against Jim Crow. It also sheds light on Powell’s social and legislative impact on the American nation at a time of strict racial segregation and unchecked racial violence. It was time when the Church Ladies and all of Black America whispered and shouted, Give ‘em hell, Adam! "Tea time" refreshments to follow. Abyssinian Baptist Church Back to Calendar