The Christian Recorder Recognized for its Service and Longevity
As part of celebrating its 165th Anniversary, The Christian Recorder received recognition from several government entities. Among them was the United States House of Representatives. Representative Jim Cooper (D, TN-5) presented the proclamation at the 150th Session of the Tennessee Annual Conference. Tennessee State Representative the Rev. Harold M. Love, Jr. (D, 58) coordinated the event.
HONORING THE CHRISTIAN
HON. JIM COOPER
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Mr. COOPER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the 165th Anniversary of The Christian Recorder. As the oldest periodical continually published by African-Americans in the United States, The Christian Recorder is the heart of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Originally founded in 1848 as The Christian Herald, the publication has been a leading voice for African-Americans ever since. It relocated to Nashville in 1852 with a new name, The Christian Recorder.
Twenty-one editors have led The Christian Recorder including John Thomas III, the current leader and the first layperson to serve in this prestigious role. The Christian Recorder is a reputable news service for religious news. It serves as the voice of two million members of the AME Church in thirty-nine countries around the world.
Its reach extends far beyond the Sunday School Union in Nashville where it is headquartered. From offering guidance to slaves during the Civil War to the battle for voting rights and fighting segregation, The Christian Recorder has been a pioneer for Civil Rights and equality for African-Americans.
I am proud to salute The Christian Recorder for its courageous efforts and its more than 165 years of service to the community.