A History of the Black Church – with Stages of Freedom

Register NOW for Monday’s first Building the Beloved Community: The Black Church in Rhode Island The ZOOM event will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 22nd and 23rd, at 7pm.

The feature is being held by Stages of Freedom. Sponsored by Bishop Doctor Jeffery & Lelani Williams, The King’s Cathedral.

Registration is here:

About Stages of Freedom:

Our Mission:

1) To provide youth of color access to swimming programs in order to reduce the number of drownings in the minority community. 

2) To build community by creating and providing programming about Black Rhode Island life and culture to a wide audience.

3)  To educate and empower inner-city youth by providing cultural opportunities and access to museums and live performance.

Our Background:

Stages of Freedom has at its core Swim Empowerment, a statewide program that provides free swimming lessons at nine partnering YMCAs for about 500 Rhode Island African American youth each year. It offers regular cultural and arts programming and empowerment workshops for Black youth.

Additionally, Stages of Freedom promotes African American history and culture through a series of  events for adults and youth. It also operates a museum of Rhode Island African American history and a non-profit bookstore, proceeds from which help fund Swim Empowerment.

The leadership of Stages of Freedom is actively involved in health, wellness and civil rights concerns.

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