The African American Church Role in Promoting Wellness

African American Church Role in Promoting Wellness

Bishop Barber to speak on the African American Church Role in promoting Wellness for Black History Month:


The role of the African American church in promoting wellness will be discussed at an MTSU Black History Month event this week with two prominent religious thought leaders shaping the conversation.

“The State of the African American Union” is slated for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Tom Jackson Building’s Cantrell Hall, 628 Alma Mater Drive. This event, in its third year, is free and open to the public and will also be live-streamed on the MTSU Facebook page and at

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

William J. Barber

Bishop Anne Henning Byfield (Submitted photo)

Anne Henning Byfield

Participants will include Bishop William J. Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and chair of the national NAACP’s legislative political action committee, and Bishop Anne Henning Byfield, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s 16th Episcopal District, which covers 14 different countries in the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. Barber will participate virtually.

The panel will focus on the church’s role in Black wellness, including the church’s responsibility to address political concerns, engage in social action and to speak out against a variety of social issues. These include racism, classism, gentrification, sexism and gay rights!