This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend August Quarterly Celebration. The oldest African American festival in the nation was created over 200 years ago by Peter Spencer founder of the Mother African Union Church in Wilmington, DE and is highlighted in Press On, my recent collaboration and book project with the students and leaders from MAUC.
As true with most things, you can read and learn about something, but to truly understand it- you must experience it.
I sat in the back drawing in the August Quarterly program- and singing along with hundreds of people who were dressed to express. Several clergy spoke as did U.S Senator, Chris Coons from Delaware who I would’ve thought was a preacher himself!
One of the take aways from my experience at August Quarterly were the words of Bishop Todd Townsend, “authentic work creates work… it creates the context for somebody else to do more.”
This historic joyous celebration was an opportunity to remind us that our work is not done in our communities, in our nation.