Churches to mark 400th Anniversary of arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia

On October 2-4, 2019, leaders from all of the major Christian traditions will gather in Montgomery,
Alabama, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African peoples to
Jamestown, Virginia (USA).

The commemoration is part of the Annual Convocation of Christian Churches
Together in the USA, an ecumenical table that brings together communions (denominations) and
Christian organizations representing all the major traditions.

Christian Churches Together sees this as a moment to name the evils of racism so that we can correct
the narrative moving forward. It is also a moment in which we can share the hope found in the legacy of
spiritual resistance of African and African descended peoples, together.

Many Christian leaders recognize current racial tensions in our country are unacceptable. The
responsibility of the church and its witness to the gospel are at stake. The leaders of the member
communion in Christian Churches Together are committed to confronting racism in the name of Christ.

National, regional, and local Christian leaders are invited to join Christian Churches Together at a Prayer
Service of Lament and Hope to be held at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church on Thursday, October 3, at 7:30

For more information, please contact Rev. Carlos L. Malave at 502-415-2665 or