The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) envisions a fully inclusive United Methodist Church, that is accountable and proactive in addressing racism, prejudice and divisiveness; where leadership, relationships and ministries are racially and culturally inclusive; and where all members strive, as disciples of Jesus Christ, to build God's beloved community throughout the church and the world.
One of the old favorites - Stand by Me (or When the Storms of Life are Raging) was written by Charles A. Tindley. A dynamic and effective pastor, he was also the first recognized composer of gospel music. The Tindley Temple UMC in Philadelphia was named after him and still stands today.
Another favorite hymn, Lift Every Voice and Sing, is referred to as the Aftican American National Anthem. It is a moving and dramatic hymn that has touched the hearts of many, both in the historic suffering of African Americans during slavery, and more broadly during the recent years of our country's turmoil. The lyrics were written by James Weldon Johnson, a poet and lawyer, and the first African American admitted to the Florida bar. He collaborated with his younger brother John Rosamond Johnson in writing this song as a special tribute to honor almost forty years of freedom for people of color in America. It was first performed on February 12, 1900.