Macedonia Baptist Church located at 17 Cochran St. in Duquesne, celebrated Black History Month with a tribute to the contributions of African-American leaders in history. The 5 p.m. service was open to the public and community at large. The service, the first of its kind to be held at Macedonia, was the inspiration of Tonya L. Massie, a member of Macedonia for the past three years.

SIXTH MT. ZION CHOIR (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)

“This program today has a very special place in my heart. I needed to try and bring the youth of the community back to the church, as to teach them about Black history and why we have the freedom that we have today,” said Massie. She coordinated the event and entertainment with the blessings of Macedonia’s senior pastor, Rev. Archie Perrin Jr., who also currently serves as Wilkinsburg School District’s superintendent.

“This event was a labor of love by several churches in the community to combat the ever growing epidemic of violence that has plagued our communities for the past several years,” Rev. Perrin said. Jerusalem Baptist Church, Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Resurrection Baptist Church of Braddock, Trinity Baptist Church and the Macedonia Choir all participated in the celebration.

“I really wanted the churches of our communities to come together in praise of life, to show the youth of today that there are other alternatives to violence, that living in harmony and peace are the things of which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for all of us, not just African-Americans but all of humanity under God’s kingdom,” Massie said.

The celebration and fellowship service was inspiring. Angela Perrin, musical coordinator for Macedonia and the Macedonia Praise Team sang, and Susan Jackson of Duquesne, hosted the ceremony, of which many young and talented performers entertained the audience.

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