Black History Month

WWU starts the celebration with vespers and church services


This Friday night, February 4, at 8 p.m. the Black Student Christian Forum in partnership with Berean Fellowship is putting on a special vespers for Black History Month. To speak for the event, student organizers invited Bishop Taro Golden, Sr., an educator and mental health professional as well as the jurisdiction Bishop of the Church of God in Christ of the state of Idaho. Music will be provided by a gospel choir.

The title for Golden’s vespers talk is “Who am I?” and he will discuss how our identity does not correlate with our secular or material status. He said that the importance of having vespers like this is to “give students an opportunity to identify with themselves in a universal truth known as Christianity for the Jesus way of living regardless of race, creed, skin color, or political affiliation. It complements what I call the irreducible core: love God, love people, and model that in front of the world.”

The Friday vespers will be followed by two special church services on Saturday. First Serve at 9:30 a.m. in the Walla Walla University Church will be run by Berean Fellowship who will have Nyasha Taruvinga as a speaker and the Berean Praise Team for music. The second service begins at 11:30 a.m. and will feature Damien Chandler, lead pastor at Capitol Hill SDA Church in Sacramento, California as the speaker, and music by Mass Choir from Oakwood University with Andrew Young as the director and Wayne Bucknor on the piano. Masks are required for both services and the services are open to everyone.

BSCF has organized other Black History Month events including Cards and Coco with CHE on Feb. 12; the Black Joy event, an open mic and art night at the Atlas with ASWWU Spiritual on Feb. 17 from 5–7 p.m.; and an international potluck in the University Church Fellowship Hall on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. For more details, visit @bscfxwwu on Instagram. 

Posted on Feb. 2, 2022.