WITH BLACK History Month (BHM) now under way, one event that should 'pack em in' is Africa, Christianity and the Bible, a seminar taking place on 16th October at iCan Ministries, home to leading black minister Bishop Wayne Malcolm.
It will feature Bishop Doya Agama, a specialist on Africa and how it relates to Christianity and special guest HRH Prince Ermias Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, the grandson of the late Emperor Haile Selassie.
Bishop Malcolm is excited about playing host to African royalty. He told Soul Stirrings: "Having his presence as a prince of an actual member of an African royal family means a lot to us, whether he is from Ethiopia or somewhere else. We don't give due to our own in the way we would do to others. Here we have a member of an African royal family, an established royal family of many centuries visiting us, and regardless of what he says his presence alone is a real treat for iCan Ministries."
Emperor Haile Selassie, reigned over Ethiopia between 1930 and 1974 and although viewed as an icon within the Rastafarian movement, few people know that he was a Christian, and that his faith fuelled his drive to modernise Ethiopia during his reign.
The Selassies are one of the oldest royal dynasties in the world and its roots reputedly go back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Prince Ermias, is himself, a born-again Christian, and talks about his faith during his travels.
As far as Bishop Malcolm is concerned, BHM remains a significant time of the year. He said: "BHM is still an important part of our education. The school curriculum, in my day did very little to highlight black heroes or anything about black history. That's a problem because if we can't look back and see the great contribution our forefathers made to civilisation and society then that affects our own sense of identity. A lot of black youth are not quite clear about the story of how black people ended up in England and the Caribbean. I know the story has been told, but I just don't think it's been told clearly enough or often enough. Any opportunity to tell the story is one that should be seized."
Source: The Voice Online UK | Marcia Dixon