To celebrate the beginning of Black History Month, Mid-America Christian University welcomed Sen. George Young (D-OK) to lead chapel services Feb. 1 in the university’s JASCO Chapel in south Oklahoma City.
Young served as a pastor for 30 years before his election to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 2014. He was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate last year.
During his address, Young explained the origins of Black History Month. The annual celebration of achievements by African Americans started in the 1920s when historian Carter G. Woodson established the second week of February to serve as “Negro History Week.”
In 1976, President Gerald Ford formally recognized Black History Month and called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans throughout our history.”
After a brief history, Young stressed the importance of millennials embracing the past while living not for the future, but for “right now.”
“Don’t forget your history. Don’t forget that it’s our future,” he said. “And don’t forget that it includes every one of us.”
Young said that every young person has been called to fulfill a specific purpose, even if they haven’t realized it yet.
“God has chosen all of you to do something. He will protect you and prepare you until you are able to stand up and accomplish it,” he said.
Young is a faithful supporter of MACU and its students. As an adjunct professor, he has taught theology and business classes since 2013.
Young spoke as a part of MACU’s annual celebration of Black History Month, which will continue throughout February and include additional chapel speakers and campus activities.
On Feb. 15, MACU will welcome Oklahoma City Thunder chaplain A. Byron Coleman III to lead chapel services.
That sermon and other chapel services are open to the public at 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Services are also streamed live on Facebook and are archived online at www.macu.edu/watch.