Washington National Cathedral welcomes alumnae, organizations, families, and community representing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in a special Eucharist as part of Black History Month on the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd preaches. 

There are more than 100 HBCUs in the United States and most were established in the South after the American Civil War, often with the assistance of religious missionary organizations based in the northern United States. HBCU’s have played a vital role in the education of individuals, communities and in the strengthening of this nation. 

The Cathedral’s theme for the 2021-2022 year is Healing the Soul of the Nation. As part of that work the Cathedral is committed to lifting and representing voices and experiences that have not been at the forefront of our story. As a house of prayer for all people, this Cathedral seeks to create spaces and times to welcome all. We hope this service is an opportunity to welcome those who have not been to, or seen themselves in, the Cathedral before. 

The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd is a tireless education advocate who spent over three decades at the Johns Hopkins University. She served as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and was the 14th and first female president of Alabama State University, her alma mater. Read more about Dr. Boyd here.

Please note that masks are required if you choose to join us for in-person worship. Reservations are not required for in-person worship. Learn more about our reopening at cathedral.org/faq.

This service will be streamed here on our website and our YouTube page.

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