Interdenominational Ministers’ Alliance Host annual Black History Program

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The IMA is composed of over 60 churches in the Toledo Metropolitan Area. Their influence reaches well beyond the church walls, and extends into the secular arena.

By Journal Staff Writer

The Interdenominational Minister’s Alliance, IMA, of Toledo, and vicinity, hosted their annual black History Program entitled, “Owning the Dream.” The program was held at First Church of God, 3016 Collingwood Blvd, on Sunday, March 6.

People from all faiths, which comprises, the IMA attended the event, as well as leaders from various secular entities were on hand, including Dr. Romulus Durant, superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, and Elgin Rogers, president of the African American Leadership Caucus.

Participating in selection by the choir are, from left, Bishop Robert Culp, pastor, First Church of God, Pastor Cedric Brock, president of IMA, Pastor Robert Birt, first vice president of IMA, and Minister Chris McBryer, youth minister at Glass City Church of Christ.
Participating in selection by the choir are, from left, Bishop Robert Culp, pastor, First Church of God, Pastor
Cedric Brock, president of IMA, Pastor Robert Birt, first vice president of IMA, and Minister Chris McBryer,
youth minister at Glass City Church of Christ.

Pastor Cedric Brock, president, explained to The Toledo Journal, the significance of holding the annual program.

“Black history is every day. We’ve contributed to the building of this country every day of the year, and so, in actuality, Black history should be celebrated daily; which we do.”

Pastor Brock emphasized that the role of the church has always been the backbone of the black struggle. “The church gives us focus, and helps us make the right moral decisions in life,” he said.

In addition, the church encourages, and helps organize people to vote. Although the IMA doesn’t tell people who to vote for, Pastor Brock said they strongly encourage the importance of voting.

Bishop Robert Culp, pastor at First Church of God, delivered the sermon, entitled, “Owning the Dream.”

He informed the audience to not believe everything in the media when it comes to Black History.

Participants in the IMA Black History program.
Participants in the IMA Black History program.

“We have a very rich history, and sometimes, the media will try to conceal that fact,” Bishop Culp said.

He went on to say that people need to find, and then fulfill their purpose, as well as challenge their children to be the best possible.

The IMA is composed of over 60 churches, representing various faiths, including Baptist, Methodist, Apostolic, and many more, that must accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

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