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Religious Briefs

8/28/2009, 9:53 a.m.

Katie McCabe's recently released book: €Justice Older than the Law: the Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree€ Courtesy Photo
Justice Older Than Law
The Lay Organization and Scholarship Committee of Allen Chapel AME Church, 2498 Alabama Ave., Southeast, will hold a book signing with author Katie McCabe for her recently released book: €Justice Older than the Law: the Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree€ (University Press of Mississippi) on Sun., Sept. 13 immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service.

The autobiography was co-written by Roundtree, a ground-breaking civil rights crusader, lawyer and ordained minister. In the book, Roundtree shares an intimate history of America that reads like a novel, capturing the sweep of nine tumultuous decades and a vision of justice that goes far beyond the law.

For further information or to purchase a book contact the Allen Church Office at 202- 889-7296.

Nineteenth BC Celebrates 170 Years

The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, the first Black Baptist church of Washington, D.C., will celebrate its 170th anniversary on Sun., Sept. 13 at the 10 a.m. service. An anniversary reception will be held in the social hall of the church, located at 4606 16th Street, Northwest, following the service.

The celebration will also include a €Musical Extravaganza€ featuring music choruses from the church.

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church was organized in 1839 at 19th and Eye Streets, Northwest. The First Baptist Church of Washington, founded in 1803, worshipped at the site where Black slaves were welcome to worship in the balcony. The FBC congregation moved to its present site at 16th and O Streets, Northwest about 1838 and sold the 19th Street edifice to the €colored€ worshippers.

The congregation continued to worship at that site until 1975 when they moved to the current address at 4606 16th Street, Northwest. The church has had three pastors during its 131 years, including the late Rev. Walter H. Brooks, Rev. Jerry A. Moore, Jr., pastor emeritus; and current pastor, Rev. Derrick Harkins.

For more information contact Deacon Cheryl Coleman Hall at 202-882-4170.

Christian Charity Comedy Night

The Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation, Inc. will host the Second Annual €Laughing the Lord€s Way€ charitable comedy fundraiser on Sat., Sept. 12 at The Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, located at 800 Florida Ave., Northwest.

Proceeds from the event will provide critical funding for the future expansion of Sycamore Hill Senior Assisted Living in Mitchellville, Md. Sycamore Hill is the sister property of Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home located in the Mount Pleasant area of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1902, Stoddard Baptist Home€s mission was to provide shelter and care for elderly ministers and their wives or widows. Today, Stoddard and Sycamore Hill offer specialty services for individuals and senior citizens faced with Dementia and Alzheimer€s and other mental conditions caused by aging.

Comedians Sean Sarvis and €Simply Shirley€ will perform. Seating and tickets are limited. For more information call 202-328-7400, Ext. 1316.