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Handbook, 1909
			

     A. M. E. Connectional Centennial.


   Connectional African Methodism will be 100 years old
April, 1916; less than 7 years. African Methodist societies
date historically and definitely back to 1787; hence the
Centennial of the Church observed in 1887 was perfectly
consistent. The African Methodist spirit had asserted it-
self through societies of African Methodists 100 years to
that date. Before connectional organization this spirit had
acquired a standing of respectability and influence. The
Centennial to be celebrated in 1916 has very different mean-
ings and must reach very different results and make very
different impressions from that of 1897. During these
hundred years of connectional life the Church has accom-
plished respectable and valuable work. It has maintained
an organism which has had its effect in civil, social, eco-
nomical, political, educational and diplomatic affairs of our
country. This Church was a considerable factor in the
great sum of opposition to slavery and demand for liberty.
It has rendered great service in building up the spirit of
manliness in the people constituting its communion. It
has strengthened the character of this class in respect to
self-government, assertiveness and progress.
  It has borne to Africa the strongest hand and warmest
heart of all the Christian bodies of people of African de-
scent. It has furnished individual men able to "stand be-
fore kings." It has given the country federal officers, cleri-
cal and diplomatic service. It has presented the case of the
American of African descent before Federal Commissions
and Presidents. Its autonomy has been maintained absolute.
   (6)




			
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Handbook, 1909


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