By Leon Cooke
AAMEN Ministry Leader

On Tuesday, February 28.2012, the AAMEN-SFA chapter hosted a discussion with the Rev. Dr. David Forbes to celebrate Black History Month. Dr. Forbes most recently retired as the Senior Minister and Founding Pastor of the Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh.  Prior to that, he served as Senior Minister and Pastor of Martin Street Baptist Church, also in Raleigh.

Prior to being called to gospel ministry, Dr. Forbes was an elementary school teacher and counselor. During his college years at Shaw University, he was a founding member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee and represented North Carolina to that national civil rights organization.

Dr. Forbes talk dealt with Connecting the Dots of the events affecting African Americans from slavery through the election of Barack Obama and beyond. Every event was a work of God. Slaves escaped being obliterated after they took their masters’ religion and made it a social and spiritual connective system amongst the slaves, providing a sense of community. Education made all the difference in the success of slaves before and after the Emancipation Proclamation

Other key elements in the connecting of the dots were the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. These legislative initiatives were all stepping stones of justice to facilitate the election of Barack Obama.  His election showed that Americans were open to new ideas. However, the country has not moved beyond racial prejudice; it remains an elusive but, hopefully, attainable goal in the future.  Justice, as a work of God, will prevail.